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How to Understand and Apply the Old Testament

Format: Digital
, 2017
ISBN: 9781629952451


This book 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. 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.

Key Features

  • Follows an extensively field-tested twelve-step process to deepen understanding and shape theology (biblical, systematic, and practical)
  • Engages with numerous illustrations from Scripture that model these interpretive steps
  • Teaches 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


  • Introduction: A Journey of Discovery and Encounter
  • Part 1: Text—“What Is the Makeup of the Passage?”
  • Part 2: Observation—“How Is the Passage Communicated?”
  • Part 3: Context—“Where Does the Passage Fit?”
  • Part 4: Meaning—“What Does the Passage Mean?”
  • Part 5: Application—“Why Does the Passage Matter?”
  • Conclusion: A Final Word on Walking in the Dark
  • Appendix: The KINGDOM Bible Reading Plan

Praise for the Print Edition

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 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

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

Product Details

In the Logos edition, this volume is enhanced by amazing functionality. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

About Jason S. DeRouchie

Jason S. DeRouchie (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is associate professor of Old Testament at Bethlehem College and Seminary. He is coauthor of A Modern Grammar for Biblical Hebrew and A Modern Grammar for Biblical Hebrew Workbook.

Sample Pages from the Print Edition