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What the Old Testament Authors Really Cared About: A Survey of Jesus' Bible


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Written from an irenic, evangelical perspective, this Old Testament survey is designed to unpack what the biblical authors most intended to communicate in the Scripture that Jesus read. As the corresponding volume to the previously published What the New Testament Authors Really Cared About, it is well-suited for use in a college, seminary, or church context. Students of the Bible will find this textbook accessible and engaging.

What the Old Testament Authors Really Cared About is gospel-centered, portraying the Old Testament as the foundation for a fulfillment found in the New Testament. Each chapter is written by an Old Testament scholar who is a skilled teacher at one of the finest evangelical schools in North America and specializes in the biblical book covered.

The second edition of What the New Testament Authors Really Cared About is also available.

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  • The Twelve (Dempster)
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Top Highlights

“Significantly, Jesus’ saving work is the fulcrum upon which the entire Bible pivots. To him all redemptive history points, and from him all fulfillment comes.” (Page 32)

“Addressing the themes of land and offspring that pervade the Pentateuch (and indeed all of Scripture), the book of Numbers overviews Israel’s journey to the Promised Land. However, due to their faithless rebellion against Yahweh and his prophet Moses, a venture that should have taken weeks instead took forty years. How quickly redeemed people can forget the greatness and holiness of their God! As the exodus generation died off in the wilderness, the new generation was schooled in the weightiness of sin and God’s unrelenting grace. Yahweh would be faithful to his past promises to preserve his people, to bring them into the land, and to raise up the royal deliverer who would put an end to all that is hostile to God (Num. 24:17–19).” (Pages 138–139)

“Rather, following the arrangement of the Jewish canon, this survey attempts to present the essence of what is revealed in the Old Testament, with a conscious eye toward the fulfillment found in Jesus as clarified in the New Testament.” (Page 13)

“First, Abraham must become an exile in order to obtain land.” (Page 72)

“What accompanies this messianic trajectory is the sustained assertion throughout Scripture that everything God does is for his glory. That is, God’s ultimate goal at every stage in his kingdom program is the preservation and display of himself as the supreme Savior, Sovereign, and Satisfier of the world, ultimately through his messianic representative.” (Page 33)

How could I not enjoy a book in which the editor says ‘is designed as a springboard for delight in God—the supreme Savior, Sovereign, and Satisfier of the world’? Jason DeRouchie has a sure hand when it comes to guiding a team of scholars. The aroma of his God-centered, Christ-exalting commitments permeate this survey. . . . I would happily put this in the hand of every church member.

—John Piper, founder and teacher, Desiring God Ministries

Finally! An introduction to the only Bible Jesus had that tries to makes sense of each book by highlighting its life-giving message. This volume is invitingly organized and composed, and delightfully illustrated.

Daniel Block, Gunther H. Knoedler Professor of Old Testament, Wheaton College

No ordinary survey! This clear, concise, and easy-to-understand text will help church folks and serious students alike grasp the contribution of the Old Testament to the Bible as a single text with a unified plot structure that finds ultimate fulfillment in Jesus Christ. Beautiful pictures and helpful diagrams aid communication in a powerful way. I heartily recommend it!

—Peter Gentry, Donald L. Williams Professor of Old Testament and Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

This clear and attractive book combines academic rigor with devotional warmth. . . . The authors have taught Old Testament courses many times, and they know how to connect with students.

Andy Naselli, assistant professor of New Testament and biblical theology, Bethlehem College and Seminary

This is truly a remarkable resource for the student of Scripture. . . . Unlike your standard (and all too often stodgy) survey of the Old Testament, this volume is written in a vibrant and engaging style and is visually stunning. But best of all, it is distinctively Christ-centered. This will be the book to which I send all future inquisitive students of God’s Word.

Sam Storms, lead pastor, Bridgeway Church, Oklahaoma City

  • Title: What the Old Testament Authors Really Cared about: A Survey of Jesus’ Bible
  • Author: Jason S. DeRouchie
  • Publisher: Kregel
  • Print Publication Date: 2013
  • Logos Release Date: 2015
  • Pages: 490
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Bible. O.T. › Introductions; Bible. O.T
  • Resource Type: text.monograph.survey.old-testament
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-02-12T06:40:03Z

With the Logos edition, you can reap the maximum benefit from the What the Old Testament Authors Really Cared About by getting easier access to the contents of this series—helping you to use these volumes more efficiently for research and sermon preparation. Every word from every book has been indexed and catalogued to help you search the entire series for a particular verse or topic, giving you instant access to cross-references. Additionally, important terms link to your other resources in your digital library, including dictionaries, encyclopedias, commentaries, theology texts, and others. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for because in Logos, your titles will automatically integrate into custom search reports, passage guides, exegetical guides, and the other advanced features of the software. You'll have the tools you need to use your entire digital library effectively and efficiently, searching for verses, finding Scripture references and citations instantly, and performing word studies. With most Logos resources, you can take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps, providing you the most efficient and comprehensive research tools in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Jason S. DeRouchie

Jason S. DeRouchie (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Theology at Bethlehem College and Seminary. He is coauthor of A Modern Grammar for Biblical Hebrew and A Modern Grammar for Biblical Hebrew Workbook and author of What the Old Testament Authors Really Cared About.


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  1. Sandra Delgado

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  2. Kevin Smith

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  3. Richard Keane

    Richard Keane


    Its fantastic. absolutely love it.

  4. Larry Craig

    Larry Craig


    Does anyone know if this book is typed as a commentary or a monograph? It will get far more use as a commentary, but it will get lost in a mountain of monographs otherwise.

  5. Nathan Rice

    Nathan Rice


    Does anyone know if the logos edition includes any maps or images from the print or kindle version?

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  10. Richard Labelle
    Exceptional book. Surely deserve 5 stars! Everyone should have that in their library.


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