How to Understand and Apply the Old Testament: Twelve Steps from Exegesis Theology
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How to Understand and Apply the Old Testament is for anyone who wants to learn how to observe carefully, understand accurately, evaluate fairly, feel appropriately, act rightly, and express faithfully God's revealed Word, especially as embodied in the Old Testament.

Jason DeRouchie guides readers through an extensively field-tested twelve-step process to deepen understanding and shape theology—biblical, systematic, and practical. As readers engage with numerous illustrations from Scripture that model these interpretive steps, they will learn how to track an author's thought-flow, grasp the text's message, and apply the ancient Word in this modern world, all in light of Christ's redeeming work.

Loaded with examples, practical answers, and recommended resources, the twelve chapters will empower believers to study, practice, and teach the Old Testament as Christian Scripture, understanding and applying it in ways that nurture hope in the gospel and magnify the Messiah.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 624
Vendor: P & R Publishing
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 10.00 X 7.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1629952451
ISBN-13: 9781629952451

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Publisher's Description

The Old Testament was Jesus’ Bible—and it’s all about him. As he explained to the disciples on the Emmaus road, a correct understanding of those Scriptures is vital to our faith and hope. For anyone looking to interpret the Old Testament wisely and well, Jason DeRouchie provides a logical twelve-stage process to deepen understanding, taking us from an analysis of a passage’s genre all the way to its practical application. Hebrew grammar, historical context, biblical theology—and much more—are also studied. Learn how to track an author’s thought-flow, grasp the text’s message, and apply the ancient Word in this modern world, all in light of Christ’s redeeming work. Then plunge into DeRouchie’s recommended resources to go further in your studies every step of the way.

Author Bio

Jason S. DeRouchie (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is professor of Old Testament and biblical theology at Bethlehem College & Seminary in Minneapolis and an elder of Bethlehem Baptist Church.

Editorial Reviews

“DeRouchie brings both scholarly expertise and mission experience into the service of helping us see the Old Testament as Christian Scripture. Here is faithful interpretation of the Word of God in accord with its own historical setting and in harmony with its redemptive context. Such a whole-Bible perspective will help enable Bible interpreters to identify the particular concerns of Old Testament writers and to celebrate the continuities of their words with New Testament revelations of our Redeemer. As a result, believers will be enriched in their ability to apply the Old Testament to their lives in ways that nurture hope in the gospel and that fuel zeal for the glory of Christ.”

Bryan Chapell, Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church, Peoria, Illinois

“Students of God’s Word from all walks of life will benefit from How to Understand and Apply the Old Testament. Reflecting on my travels and work overseas, I can’t help but think of how much less doctrinal error and how much more peace in Christ we would enjoy if we took theology as seriously and cheerfully as DeRouchie. One of the key components of this volume’s usefulness is its three tracks for target audiences. As a busy mom, I don’t have time to read every page, but as a wannabe Hebrew student, I do want to grow in my understanding. The chapter-by-chapter ‘trail guides’ really helped me maximize my time in the book. Use and enjoy this volume in your personal studies, discipleship, and parenting.”

Gloria Furman, Cross-Cultural Worker

“DeRouchie’s How to Understand and Apply the Old Testament is perhaps the most comprehensive and complete practical guide to Old Testament hermeneutics and exegesis available today. This is an outstanding work, and I heartily recommend it to all who teach Old Testament exegesis."

J. Daniel Hays, Professor of Biblical Studies, Ouachita Baptist University

“DeRouchie has provided an excellent resource in his How to Understand and Apply the Old Testament: Twelve Steps from Exegesis to Theology. His explanations are clear and easy to follow, and they provide genuine helps in the process of preaching and teaching the Old Testament text. It encourages leaders to teach from the Old Testament in a day when such a practice of teaching is hard to find.”

Walter C. Kaiser Jr., President Emeritus, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

“Anyone wanting to grapple with how to interpret and apply the Old Testament will find this volume immensely helpful. It is scholarly, rich in theological and exegetical insight, and attentive to Hebrew grammar and syntax, yet the step-by-step approach to the interpretive task means that it is accessible for pastors and Bible teachers alike. You will want to have this volume in your library!”

Carol M. Kaminski, Professor of Old Testament, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

“DeRouchie has produced a masterpiece of a guide to interpreting the Old Testament Scriptures. He has written it so that beginning, intermediate, and advanced students may grow in their understanding of the message of the divinely inspired text. I enthusiastically recommend this book for everyone who desires to interpret the Old Testament faithfully.”

Tremper Longman III, Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies, Westmont College

“Conversationally engaging; literarily transparent; materially comprehensive; pedagogically superb; academically sound, precise, and informed—all this and more. In over fifty-two years of teaching in the classrooms of higher education, I have seen nothing comparable to this magnificent work by DeRouchie—destined to be the classic in its field.”

Eugene H. Merrill, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Old Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary

“I think Jason DeRouchie would be happy if I said that this book is designed to move us from revelation through rigor to rapture—from the sacred Word of God, through the serious work of reading, to the satisfaction of knowing and enjoying God. There is no getting around the hard work of reading for holy wonder of worship. So DeRouchie spares no effort to make the rigors of careful reading plain. For many folks, the Old Testament is a foreign land. Oh, how good it is to have a native with you when you travel to an unfamiliar place. With his help, dozens of strange things begin to make sense. You even start to feel at home. I recommend this book if you have a wanderlust for exploring ancient treasures. There are many, and they are great. DeRouchie will show you how to find them.”

John Piper, Founder and Teacher, Desiring God

“This volume not only will become a standard course textbook, but will also serve as a lifelong resource for those called to study and faithfully proclaim the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ from the Old Testament.”

—Miles V. Van Pelt, Alan Belcher Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Languages, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson

Editorial Reviews

Textbooks on biblical hermeneutics generally come in two varieties: Either they are theoretical, describing the philosophical underpinnings of an interpretive method and meant primarily for the academy, or they are practical, giving instruction in how to go about interpretation and meant primarily for pastors, Bible teachers, and students. DeRouchie’s text is of the second variety, and it fulfills its purposes admirably. But DeRouchie also fills a significant gap among textbooks: He gives a clear and informed presentation of how the tools provided by Hebrew linguistics and discourse analysis enable readers to better understand the Hebrew Scriptures. This is, therefore, not just another book on how to read the Bible; it is a major resource for all who seek to do serious engagement with the biblical text.
This book lays out a clear and creative way to explain the steps in exegeting a passage. Its comprehensive twelve-step plan skillfully introduces readers to the basics of understanding an Old Testament passage, beginning with determining what the text says and going all the way to applying it. This volume is accessible, well organized, and will be helpful for both students and lay people alike.
I think Jason DeRouchie would be happy if I said that this book is designed to move us from revelation through rigor to rapture--from the sacred ed word of God, through the serious work of reading, to the satisfaction of knowing and enjoying God. There is no getting around the hard work of reading for holy wonder of worship. So DeRouchie spares no effort to make the rigors of careful reading plain. For many folks the Old Testament is a foreign land. O how good it is to have a native with you when you travel to a strange place. With his help, dozens of strange things begin to make sense. You even start to feel at home. I recommend this book, if you have a wanderlust for exploring ancient treasures. There are many, and they are great. DeRouchie will show you how to find them.
Conversationally engaging; literarily transparent; materially comprehensive; pedagogically superb; academically sound, precise, and informed--all this and more. In over 52 years of teaching in the classrooms of higher education, I have seen nothing comparable to this magnificent work by DeRouchie--destined to be the classic in its field.

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