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, 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, 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
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 Ph.D. 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 twenty years. Dr. Kaiser currently serves on the boards of several Christian organizations. He is the author of more than thirty books, including Toward an Exegetical Theology and A History of Israel: From the Bronze Age through the Jewish Wars in Hebrew History (3 volumes).