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Overview

Strengthen you preaching by viewing the Old Testament with fresh eyes. Old Testament scholar Walter C. Kaiser offers several ways to incorporate OT illustrations, lessons, and figures into all types of sermons. He analyzes God’s missionary purpose for the church, proposes a syntactical-theological method for exegesis, and connects Scripture to today’s ethical issues. This collection includes six valuable resources for preachers and teachers, providing tools for utilizing the entire Bible in your messages.

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Key Features

  • Emphasizes the importance of Old Testament Scripture for contemporary Christian living
  • Analyzes the Old Testament’s teaching on missions, eschatology, and ethics
  • Applies biblical answers to today’s ethical issues

Product Details

Individual Titles

The Majesty of God in the Old Testament: A Guide for Preaching and Teaching

  • Author: Walter C. Kaiser
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 176

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In The Majesty of God in the Old Testament, Walter Kaiser demonstrates how God’s unsurpassed majesty and greatness can be captured in contemporary teaching and preaching. Kaiser accomplishes this goal by walking through an exposition of 10 great Old Testament passages that are rife with evidence of God’s majesty. He also demonstrates how various types of preparatory studies—word, historical/archaeological, thematic, Bible background, and theological—can be used to help pastors make the Old Testament more relevant to their congregations. In addition, he addresses potential problems peculiar to the preaching of the Old Testament.

Those who preach about the greatness of God do business in deep waters. This book will help all of us who read, teach, or preach to navigate those waters.

Haddon Robinson, Harold John Ockenga Distinguished Professor of Preaching, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Hats off to Walt Kaiser for demonstrating again that, in the end, the Scriptures are about the greatness of God. Using passage after passage of the Old Testament, Kaiser reminds us that the real subject of the Bible is God himself: his marvelous person, his wisdom-filled ways, his loving will. This book will serve as a bracing theocentric tonic for all who are determined to avoid those anthropocentric treatments of Scripture that seem so prevalent today.

Duane Litfin, president, Wheaton College

Mission in the Old Testament: Israel as a Light to the Nations

  • Author: Walter C. Kaiser
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 128

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Walter Kaiser questions the notion that the New Testament represents a deviation from God’s supposed intention to save only the Israelites. He argues that—contrary to popular opinion—the older testament does not reinforce an exclusive redemptive plan. Instead, it emphasizes a common human condition and God’s original and continuing concern for all humanity. Kaiser shows that the Israelites’ mission was always to actively spread the Good News of the promised Messiah to gentiles. This new edition adds two new chapters, freshens material throughout, expands the bibliography, and includes study questions.

Mission in the Old Testament challenges the axiom that the Gospel mandate begins with the New Testament. Dr. Kaiser rightly begins with Genesis 1–11 as the opening drama of redemptive history that explains the subsequent developments in the story of salvation. The connecting point between the Testaments is God’s promise to Abraham to include all the clans of the earth in his blessing. The book offers great insights for all concerned with the direction of the church.

Willem A. VanGemeren, professor of Old Testament and Semitic languages, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

In the best tradition of Richard De Ridder, John Stott, Arthur Glasser, John Piper, and Roger Greenway, this book is a much-needed resource for all . . . who want to understand God’s missionary purpose for the church as found in the Old Testament. . . . Clearly, concisely, and captivatingly written, [it] will make a wonderful resource for Bible study groups. It is a must-read for members of congregational outreach, evangelism, and mission committees, and is an outstanding resource for pastors to preach and teach on mission in the Old Testament. . . . The reader will [also] find excellent sources for further study in the footnotes and bibliography. . . . When members of our churches in North America read this book, they will be moved to recommit themselves to God’s mission of world evangelization.

Charles Van Engen, Arthur F. Glasser Professor of Biblical Theology of Mission, Fuller Theological Seminary

Kaiser’s work is a welcome contribution to the literature that hopefully will correct popular evangelicalism’s sole reliance upon the New Testament for its mission theology.

Missiology

Kaiser paints with broad strokes and at the same time provides finer details. His book needs to be read carefully with an open Bible to absorb the rich panorama of God’s mission heart. Christians who study this book will more fully understand the wonder of God’s grace and gain a fuller appreciation of the continuance of God’s mission of love from Old Testament times into our contemporary era.

Evangelical Missions Quarterly

The book reflects the fact that it is written by a seasoned Old Testament professor and writer. He knows how to make his case so that students and churchmen will appreciate it. . . . The book is a helpful introduction to missionary themes in the Old Testament. Its brevity, its price, and its language should make it attractive to prospective readers.

Ashland Theological Journal

Preaching and Teaching from the Old Testament: A Guide for the Church

  • Author: Walter C. Kaiser
  • Publisher: Baker Academic
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Pages: 222

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Developed out of tried and tested teaching material, Kaiser exhibits a straightforward and accessible writing style. The opening chapters deal with the value, problem, and task of preaching from the Old Testament. Kaiser then provides a practical focus by examining preaching and teaching from the texts of various genres (proverbs, prophecy, Torah, etc.). A final chapter examines the relevance of the Old Testament in speaking to a contemporary audience. Pedagogical features include a glossary, a suggested outline/worksheet for expository preaching, and three indices.

Walter Kaiser gives a solid defense for preaching from the Old Testament and provides helpful insights on Old Testament backgrounds and interpretation. His hints for preaching the genres of the Old Testament will be of value to any preacher.

Scott M. Gibson, Haddon W. Robinson Professor of Preaching, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

I always listen when Walter Kaiser, learned Old Testament scholar and preacher par excellence, speaks! Here is the very best advice-from the very best-as to how to preach the whole counsel of God. Every preacher should own this book.

R. Kent Hughes, pastor, College Church, Wheaton, Ill.

The Bible of the early church was the Old Testament. It might be an interesting experiment for a pastor to preach from the Old Testament for a year to a twenty-first-century church. Preaching and Teaching from the Old Testament would be a reliable and practical guide to help pastors through that great expanse of God’s eternal truth.

Haddon Robinson, Harold John Ockenga Distinguished Professor of Preaching, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Sensitive to the various literary forms found in the Bible, [Kaiser] provides guidelines for preaching and teaching from Old Testament narratives, wisdom material, prophetic texts, laments, laws, hymns of praise, and apocalyptic forms. He concludes his treatment of each form with an illustration of preaching a representative text. This is a fine guide for effective preaching and teaching.

Dianne Bergant, Bible Today

Walter C. Kaiser Jr. . . . has long been recognized for his theological conservatism and insightful scholarship, and the more than thirty books he has authored have consistently demonstrated that these two virtues need not be incompatible with each other. Preaching and Teaching from the Old Testament is no exception. . . . Kaiser’s ‘statements,’ his theses, are valid and beneficial. They are biblical, sound, orthodox, and scholarly. The book is a methodological delight. Kaiser’s descriptions of various Old Testament genres and his demonstrations of how to preach these genres are priceless. The book is worth your money and time.

—Francis C. Rossow, Concordia Journal

Preaching and Teaching the Last Things: Old Testament Eschatology for the Life of the Church

  • Author: Walter C. Kaiser
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 208

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Distinguished Old Testament scholar Walter Kaiser believes that the Old Testament is sorely neglected today in teaching and preaching—and that it is even more neglected when it comes to setting forth the hope that Christians have for the future. Firmly believing that the Old Testament offers important insights into biblical eschatology and the Christian life, he provides guidance for preachers, teachers, and Bible students on expositing 15 key Old Testament eschatological passages. Each chapter focuses on a single biblical text. Kaiser introduces the topic, examines the issues, notes who has contributed to some of the solutions, and shows how this sets up the text to be exegeted and prepared for exposition.

What can we know about eschatology from Scripture, especially the Old Testament? Walter Kaiser’s Preaching and Teaching the Last Things shows us that we can know quite a lot. This is a helpful work for those who wonder how to preach or teach about the end with balance and clarity.

Darrell L. Bock, senior research professor of New Testament studies, Dallas Theological Seminary

Walt Kaiser has offered a powerful and practical model for preaching and teaching the prophetic plan of God. His straightforward interpretation of the future provides strong support for a future, literal, earthly reign of the Messiah over the world from Jerusalem. Through the exposition of key prophetic texts, Kaiser shows the premillennial position to be both an Old and New Testament expectation.

Mark L. Bailey, president and professor of Bible exposition, Dallas Theological Seminary

The book could easily be used as a supplement to a seminary preaching class. . . . Along with sermon helps and a teaching outline, each of the 15 or so passages chosen by Kaiser come with a brief six or seven page commentary. I found these comments interesting [and] extremely helpful. Bits of scholarly information pop up every now and then. . . . The time-strapped pastor or interested layman will find informed excursions such as these an added bonus.

Journal of the Grace Evangelical Society

Toward an Exegetical Theology: Biblical Exegesis for Preaching and Teaching

  • Author: Walter C. Kaiser
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 1998
  • Pages: 272

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According to Walter Kaiser, a gap exists in the academic preparation of ministers. It is the gap between the study of the biblical text (most frequently in the original languages) and the actual delivery of messages to God’s people. Very few centers of biblical and homiletical training have ever taken the time or effort to show the student how one moves from analyzing the text to constructing a sermon that reflects and is dependent on that analysis. The author intends to bridge this gap with Toward an Exegetical Theology. He proposes a syntactical-theological method of exegesis consisting of the following steps: (1) contextual analysis, (2) syntactical analysis, (3) verbal analysis, (4) theological analysis, and (5) homiletical analysis.

Kaiser finds no fault with the time honored grammatical-historical method except that it failed to go far enough in describing the main job of exegesis. In the syntactical-theological method the accent falls on syntactical analysis of the text and on biblical theology. Syntactical analysis systematically operates from three basic building blocks: (1) the concept, (2) the proposition, and (3) the paragraph. It is the precise way in which these three units are organized and arranged that provides the exegete all the data necessary to begin the journey of moving from the text to the destination of using that text in a teaching and preaching situation.

What Does the Lord Require?: A Guide for Preaching and Teaching Biblical Ethics

  • Author: Walter C. Kaiser
  • Publisher: Baker Academic
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 256

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Situational ethics, made popular in the 1960s, teaches that “all we need is love.” Loving is how we should be, but it does not tell us what to do. A biblical ethic, which can provide real guidance, begins with the light of Scripture. But how applicable is the Bible’s moral standard to the complex issues we face today, such as stem cell research, euthanasia, racism, gambling, and environmental care? And how does a person use Scripture in making or evaluating ethical decisions?

Trusted Bible scholar and teacher Walter Kaiser answers these questions by connecting 18 tough ethical issues with 18 key teaching Scriptures—including, for example, poverty with Isaiah 58, genetic engineering with Genesis 1:26–30 and 2:15–25, substance abuse with Proverbs 23:29–35, cohabitation with 1 Thessalonians 4:1–8, and war with Deuteronomy 20:1–20 and Romans 13:1–7. Through authoritative teaching from Scripture, suggested expositional outlines, and insights from years of teaching this material at Gordon-Conwell and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Kaiser demonstrates how to connect Scripture to ethical issues and train congregations to think biblically about ethics. The result is a vital text for teaching pastors, a stimulating resource and guide for preaching, and a foundation for developing Bible studies.

This series of studies will prove an invaluable tool to any Christian leader and will leave every thinking believer, even if not in agreement with all Dr. Kaiser’s conclusions on every issue, sharing the Jubilee Centre’s desire to explore further the continued relevance of biblical principles to the social, economic, and political questions facing modern society.

—John Hayward, executive director, Jubilee Centre, Cambridge, England

In today’s churches, many ethical pronouncements are made without firm biblical grounding, and many biblical sermons are preached without concrete application to the issues of the day. This book will help preachers and teachers speak to the ethical challenges facing the church from an informed perspective rooted in sound biblical theology and solid scholarship. I heartily recommend it.

John Jefferson Davis, professor of systematic theology and Christian ethics, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Walt Kaiser is the right person to write this book. The work reveals a lifetime of experience in the Scriptures, in the classroom, and in churches. Kaiser’s strategy of working primarily with one or two focal texts in relation to each ethical issue addressed is a unique and valuable aspect of the book. His close adherence to the biblical text offers a fine model for expository preaching and teaching. This work will serve well as a textbook for college and seminary level ethics courses, as a trustworthy guide for pastors, lay leaders, and all ministry professionals who desire to apply faithfully the texts of Scripture to many of today’s crucial ethical issues. I highly recommend this superb volume and expect it will have a long and useful life.

—Robert V. Rakestraw, emeritus professor of theology, Bethel Seminary

Many people feel overwhelmed by the number and complexity of the moral questions we face. And with people knowing less of God’s Word, the need for accurate biblical guidance for navigating today’s ethical dilemmas has never been greater. Thankfully, Walter Kaiser fills the void by clearly pointing us back to our biblical roots for moral guidance and by unpacking the meaning and implications of central teaching passages from the Bible. Kaiser has done it again!

—David K. Clark, executive vice president and provost, Bethel Seminary

Too many Christian preachers think that Christian preaching can only be done from the gospel reading or the writings of St. Paul. Kaiser demonstrates how genuine Christian preaching can be inspired by Old Testament passages as well. Here he focuses his attention more specifically on passages that deal with ethical matters. . . . His critical approach to the biblical material and his method of recontextualization will enlighten even those who might not agree with his theological stand.

The Bible Today

Walter Kaiser’s latest contribution to biblical studies is a refreshingly new approach to Christian ethics—preached and taught. . . . The range is considerably wider than many evangelical books on ethics. . . . This is a helpful book, not least in the assistance it offers in preaching from the ethical material in Scripture.

Reformed Theological Journal

About Walter C. Kaiser

Walter Kaiser is the Colman M. Mockler Distinguished Professor of Old Testament and in 2006 retired as president of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He studied at Wheaton College and earned a PhD from Brandeis University. He taught Bible and archeology at Wheaton and then went on to teach Old Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, for more than 20 years. Kaiser currently serves on the boards of several Christian organizations. He is the author of more than 30 books, including Toward an Exegetical Theology and A History of Israel: From the Bronze Age through the Jewish Wars in Hebrew History (3 volumes).