Called to Be God’s People is an introduction to the Old Testament designed for those who wish to have a comprehensive guide to the contents, theology, and important passages of the Old Testament. Written from a Lutheran perspective, this book is especially designed for those within that tradition and others who seek a guide to the canonical books of the Old Testament that consciously presents the Scripture’s message of law and gospel as well as the traditional Christian messianic understanding of Moses and the prophets as pointing to Jesus as the fulfillment of God’s promises to Israel. This book is ideal for any Christian who seek to expand their knowledge of the background, content, and message of the Old Testament and its importance for Christian faith and life. It not only introduces important background information on each book of the Old Testament along with a general discussion of its contents and theology, but it also contains analyses of major passages within the Old Testament. Key terms, study questions, a glossary, a gazetteer of Old Testament people and places, maps, tables, charts, and sidebars make this book a useful and handy reference as well as a textbook. A concluding chapter on the centuries between the Old and New Testaments overlaps with a similar treatment contained in the New Testament volume in this series, Called by the Gospel, allowing for a smooth transition to the study of the rest of the Christian Scriptures.
“Rehoboam’s history clearly exemplifies the consequences of rejecting the wise counsel of elders, providing a powerful warning for all who would follow.” (Pages 305–306)
“The force of this passage, then, is to demonstrate that repentance does not originate from any attempt of God’s people to appease him, but that repentance is the work of God in the hearts of his people. His mercy calls them to repentance and his love and kindness moves them to trust in him.” (Page 459)
“Exodus 16–17 illuminate several important truths. First, the Israelites truly lived from the gifts of God. It was unmistakable to recognize Yahweh’s favor in the daily sustenance of manna and quail. Such gifts are not the Gospel itself but flow from it.” (Page 140)
“Very importantly, the trumpet blast and commencement of the Jubilee year takes place on the Day of Atonement (Lev 25:9). That is, Yahweh’s provision for release from worldly debt gives a visual image of the release from the debt of all sin.” (Page 166)
“Enlightenment philosophers placed humans at the center of thought and knowledge as the judge and measure of all things, the Bible included. This called for a thorough questioning of the Bible and its origins.” (Page 9)