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The Moody Handbook of Messianic Prophecy: Studies and Expositions of the Messiah in the Hebrew Bible

, 2019
ISBN: 9780802409638
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The ultimate, all-in-one resource on what the Old Testament says about Jesus

As Jesus walked the Emmaeus road, he showed his companions how the whole of Scripture foretold his coming. Yet so often today we’re not quite sure how to talk about Jesus in the Old Testament. How do you know what applies to Jesus? And how do you interpret some of the strange prophetic language?

Get answers and clarity in this authoritative and reliable guide to messianic prophecy from some of the world’s foremost evangelical Old Testament scholars.

In this in-depth, user-friendly one volume resource you get:

  • essays from scholars on the big ideas and major themes surrounding Messianic prophecy
  • A clear and careful commentary on every passage in the Old Testament considered Messianic
  • Insights into the original Hebrew and helpful analysis of theological implications

Watch the Scriptures come into full color as you see new meaning in familiar passages and further appreciate God’s masterful handiwork in preparing the way for Jesus, the long-awaited Messiah.

Resource Experts
  • Features essays from scholars on the big ideas and major themes surrounding Messianic prophecy
  • Provides clear and careful commentary on every passage in the Old Testament considered Messianic
  • Includes insights into the original Hebrew and helpful analysis of theological implications

Top Highlights

“The OT not only predicts the coming of a Messiah; it also describes and identifies that Messiah.” (Page 49)

“I propose reading the fragmented prophetic visions, not in light of the NT, but in light of the picture that emerges from within the OT itself.” (Page 51)

“Their plan would place a more pliable king on the throne and also put an end to the Davidic house. This threat provides a significant detail in understanding the passage. While some have contended that there would be no reason to foretell the coming of the Messiah, the danger to the house of David explains the messianic concerns of the passage. It was the Davidic covenant (2Sm 7:12–16; 1Ch 17:11–14) that led to the expectation of a future Messiah who would be a descendant of David. Therefore, if Ahaz and the entire royal house were to be destroyed, it would bring an end to the messianic hope. A long-term prophecy of the birth of Messiah would assure the Davidic house and the readers of the scroll of Isaiah that the messianic hope was indeed secure.” (Page 817)

“Earlier, nonmessianic sections of the OT are re-interpreted by later authors and subsequently understood as messianic. That is very far from what I have in mind. What I have in mind is that when the OT reads and interprets itself, as is happening in Dan 7, it does so by drawing on the real, historical intent of the other OT authors. There is no need to speak of a re-interpretation of texts. I think, for example, it is possible to show that the Pentateuch is already thoroughly messianic and that the rest of the OT understands this and expands on it by way of textual commentary and exposition.” (Page 50)

  • T. Desmond Alexander
  • James E. Allman
  • Charles P. Baylis
  • Daniel L. Block
  • Michael L. Brown
  • Robert B. Chisholm Jr.
  • Abner Chou
  • E. Ray Clendenen
  • James F. Coakley
  • Robert L. Cole
  • Ryan J. Cook
  • Leon D. Engman
  • Craig A. Evans
  • Elliott E. Johnson
  • Walter C. Kaiser
  • Eugene H. Merrill
  • Nicholas Perrin
  • Michael A. Rydelnik
  • Eva Rydelnik
  • John Sailhamer
  • Michael B. Shepherd
  • Jim R. Sibley
  • Michael K. Snearly
  • James Spencer
  • Mike Stallard
  • Dan Stuart
  • J. Paul Tanner
  • William C. Varner
  • Michael J. Vlach
  • Michael Vowell
  • Larry J. Waters
  • Andrew M. Woods
  • Kevin D. Zuber
Here’s a comprehensive and compelling resource exploring the messianic promise of the Old Testament. Powerfully and persuasively, these esteemed authors build a clear case for the Hebrew Scriptures foretelling the coming Savior of Israel and the world. All serious students of the Bible need this volume in their library!

—Lee Strobel, Bestselling author of The Case for Christ and The Case for Faith

What did Jesus teach when He revealed the Messiah from the Hebrew Bible while on the road to Emmaus (Lk 24:26-27)? We get a glimpse of the answer to that question with the Moody Handbook of Messianic Prophecy. Using a broad group of biblical scholars, including several Messianic Jews, this volume gives an exhaustive explanation of the Messiah in the Old Testament. Every person who wants to understand messianic prophecy needs this book.

—Joel C. Rosenberg, New York Times bestselling author and Bible teacher

Ever wonder what the Lord Jesus shared about Old Testament messianic prophecies as He walked with two of His disciples on the road to Emmaus? This book is probably as close as we’ll ever get to that conversation. I’ve heard a great deal about the need to find Messiah everywhere in the Old Testament, but The Moody Handbook of Messianic Prophecy actually explains how to understand the prophecies about the Messiah within the context of Old Testament literature and New Testament fulfillment. This volume is comprehensive, thoroughly biblical, and brings us a deeper appreciation of Jesus the Messiah. I only regret that it was not available when I began preaching so many years ago.In these pages you’ll find insight for the mind, resources for the biblical student, and food for the soul—a valuable reference book for decades to come.

—Erwin W. Lutzer, Pastor Emeritus, The Moody Church, Chicago

  • Title: The Moody Handbook of Messianic Prophecy: Studies and Expositions of the Messiah in the Old Testament
  • Authors: Michael Rydelnik, Edwin Blum
  • Publisher: Moody
  • Print Publication Date: 2019
  • Logos Release Date: 2020
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Messiah › Prophecies; Jesus Christ › Messiahship; Bible. O.T. › Criticism, interpretation, etc
  • ISBNs: 9780802409638, 9780802485229, 0802409636, 0802485227
  • Resource Type: text.monograph.handbook
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-09-30T01:29:21Z

Michael Rydelnik is Professor and Program Head of Jewish Studies at Moody Bible Institute and the Host/Bible Teacher on Open Line with Dr. Michael Rydelnik, answering listener Bible questions on over 225 stations nationwide across Moody Radio. The son of Holocaust survivors, he was raised in an observant Jewish home in Brooklyn, New York. As a high school student, Michael became a follower of Jesus the Messiah and began teaching the Bible almost immediately. Besides his work on the Moody Bible Commentary as Co-Editor and contributor, Michael is also the author of numerous books and articles and his doctoral research focused on the Messiah in the Hebrew Bible. Michael and his wife Eva live in Chicago, love hiking with their collie and boxer, and have two terrific adult sons.

Edwin Blum for many years was Professor of Theology and New Testament at Dallas Theological Seminary. He served as Senior Pastor of several churches in Houston and Dallas, TX and was the Executive Director of the Christian Medical Society. The author of several commentaries and multiple articles, Ed also was the General Editor of the Holman Christian Standard Bible translation and the General Editor of the CSB Study Bible. Ed and his wife Ann live in Prescott, AZ and are the parents of five adult children.


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  3. Deepak Kumar Singh
    This is truly the ultimate, all-in-one, go-to resource on what the Old Testament says about Jesus. It is one of the most comprehensive book ever written about Messianic Prophecies. Some sections I happened to read were really very enlightening. Written by eminent scholars, this is one of those rare books you would want to keep in your library. Excellent, Faith building and well written.
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