In the tradition of exegetical handbooks, Beale's Handbook on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament lays out the basic principles one needs to be an effective and faithful interpreter of the New Testament's appropriation of the Old Testament. This includes criteria for identifying uses of the OT by NT writers as well as for determining the type of usage (direct quote, allusion, paraphrase, etc). Finally, Beale lays out the theological premises that must be established before one can begin a systematic interpretation.
Following on the heels of the Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament, and Beale's landmark A New Testament Biblical Theology, this guide is a perfect aid for students and ministers who are either beginning or have progressed to some degree into this field. Critically important to biblical studies--within the church and the academy--this book provides a reliable framework from which to engage the most serious questions.
This concise guide by a leading New Testament scholar helps readers understand how to better study the multitude of Old Testament references in the New Testament. G. K. Beale, coeditor of the bestselling Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament, focuses on the "how to" of interpreting the New Testament use of the Old Testament, providing students and pastors with many of the insights and categories necessary for them to do their own exegesis. Brief enough to be accessible yet thorough enough to be useful, this handbook will be a trusted guide for all students of the Bible.
"This handbook provides readers with a wonderful overview of key issues in and tools for the study of the use of the Old Testament in the New. I expect it to become a standard textbook for courses on the subject and the first book to which newcomers will be directed to help them navigate through these sometimes complex waters."--Roy E. Ciampa, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
G. K. Beale (PhD, University of Cambridge) is professor of New Testament and biblical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is the coeditor of the Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament and the author of numerous books, including A New Testament Biblical Theology: The Unfolding of the Old Testament in the New.
"In this book Greg Beale combines a beginner's guide to the study of the use of the Old Testament in the New Testament with a detailed catalog of resource material, an illustrated exposition of the methods to be applied, and some discussion of the hermeneutical issues that arise. He himself has made notable forays into this field of study and draws on these to enrich the content of the book, making it not simply a survey of contemporary approaches but also a real personal contribution to the further development of our understanding of this crucial area of biblical studies. The volume thus compensates generously for the lack of a detailed introduction to the massive Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament edited by Beale and Don Carson.
-I. Howard Marshall,
professor emeritus of New Testament, University of Aberdeen
This volume fills a gap by providing serious students of Scripture with a helpful tool for interpreting Old Testament citations and allusions in the New Testament. Beale's magisterial grasp of the subject enables him to present a complex and technical yet intriguing subject in such a way that mere mortals are equipped to engage in the study of the New Testament use of the Old Testament on their own.
-Andreas J. Kostenberger,
director of PhD studies and senior professor of New Testament and biblical theology, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
We have long needed a good book on the Use of the Old Testament in the New. This is it. One might not agree with everything said here, but all readers will be challenged to think carefully about the issues raised. A solid work.
research professor of New Testament studies, Dallas Theological Seminary
Greg Beale is well known for his contributions to the New Testament use of the Old Testament and the development of biblical theology. In this extremely useful handbook, we see how Beale goes about his task in terms of presuppositions, method, and the necessary reference tools for the task. The result is essential reading for anyone contemplating research in this area.
professor of New Testament, University of Chichester
Greg Beale has distinguished himself throughout an illustrious teaching and writing career with his work on the relationships between the testaments. Fresh from producing his magnum opus, a New Testament biblical theology that is thoroughly informed by such uses, Beale here provides a much more manageably sized distillation of the main issues involved in understanding the New Testament's use of the Old Testament. Strangely, it is the first such volume by an evangelical in some time. Fortunately, it is superbly done.
-Craig L. Blomberg,
distinguished professor of New Testament, Denver Seminary
During the last four decades, not a little serious work has been undertaken to understand better how the New Testament cites the Old. Quite a lot of it was written by Greg Beale. Here, however, he keeps the student in mind and provides an introduction to the subject, complete with helpful bibliographies, useful illustrations, and step-by-step demonstrations of how to think through these issues. Not only seminary students but also pastors committed to expository preaching will be hugely thankful for this important handbook.
-D. A. Carson,
research professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
No subject is more important to the interpretation of the New Testament and biblical theology than the study of the Old Testament in the New Testament. It is also one of the most technical and difficult subjects. Written by a veteran and pioneer in the field, Handbook on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament is a reliable guide through challenging terrain. Highly recommended to anyone who wants to work hard at appreciating the profound connections between the testaments.
-Brian S. Rosner
,principal of Ridley Melbourne
In his Handbook on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament Professor Beale has provided readers with a guide that complements his magisterial New Testament Biblical Theology: The Unfolding of the Old Testament in the New (2011) as well as the Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament (2007), which he and several colleagues produced. What we now have is a complete package: commentary, theology, and a very concise handbook that shows us step by step how this important work is to be done. Beginning students and veteran scholars alike will benefit from this useful book.
-Craig A. Evans,
Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Acadia Divinity College, Nova Scotia, Canada