GIVEAWAY: Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament


If I could only have one book other than the biblical text to use for sermon preparation it would be probably be Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament. The book provides a commentary on every Old Testament citation and almost every allusion found in the New Testament. Each New Testament book is analyzed by a variety of authors who were asked to identify the Old Testament texts in each of the New Testament books and answer these questions:

  • What is the New Testament context of the citation or allusion?
  • What is the Old Testament context from which the quotation or allusion is drawn?
  • How is the Old Testament quotation or source handled in the literature of Second Temple or of early Judaism
  • What textual factors must be borne in mind as one seeks to understand a particular use of the Old Testament
  • What is the nature of the connection (between the Old Testament text and the New Testament writing) as the New Testament writer sees it?
  • To what theological use does the New Testament writer put the Old Testament quotation or allusion? (pp. xxiv-xxv)

The analogy of Scripture reminds the interpreter that the Word of God is infallibly autointerpreting. “All Scripture is breathed out by God,” and the God who gives his word is also the interpreter of his word (1 Tim 3:16). That Scripture interprets Scripture means that later canonical context provides interpreters with fuller understanding of the meaning of earlier Scriptural passages and that earlier biblical passages refine and clarify our understanding of later texts. We should approach every biblical text like the apostles, unapologetically prejudiced by the canonical revelation of Christ and his kingdom. This book is a fantastic tool to aid Bible readers in becoming saturated with Scripture and understanding the historical progression and organic unity of the Scriptures.

This book is a great resource for those committed to what J.I. Packer referred to as the biblical approach to Scripture, “Its text is word for word God-given; its message is an organic unity, the infallible Word of an infallible God, a web of revealed truth centered upon Christ; it must be interpreted in its natural sense, on the assumption of its inner harmony; and its meaning can be grasped only by those who humbly seek and gladly receive the help of the Holy Spirit” (Fundamentalism and the Word of God, 114).


-Craig Blomberg (Denver Seminary) on Matthew;

-Rikk E. Watts (Regent College) on Mark;

-David W. Pao (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) and

-Eckhard J. Schnabel (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) on Luke;

-Andreas J. Kostenberger (Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) on John;

-I. Howard Marshall (University of Aberdeen) on Acts;

-Mark A. Seifrid (Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) on Romans;

-Brian Rosner (Moore Theological College) and

-Roy Ciampa (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) on 1 Corinthians;

-Peter Balla (Karoli Gaspar University, Budapest) on 2 Corinthians;

-Moises Silva (author of Philippians in BECNT) on Galatians and Philippians;

-Frank Thielman (Beeson Divinity School) on Ephesians;

-G. K. Beale (Wheaton College Graduate School) on Colossians;

-Jeffrey A. D. Weima (Calvin Theological Seminary) on 1 and 2 Thessalonians;

-Philip Towner (United Bible Societies) on the Pastoral Epistles;

-George Guthrie (Union University) on Hebrews;

-D. A. Carson (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) on the General Epistles;

-G. K. Beale (Wheaton College Graduate School) and

-Sean McDonough (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) on Revelation

The Editors

  1. K. Beale (PhD, University of Cambridge) is Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary. His books include The Book of Revelation (New International Greek Testament Commentary), 1-2 Thessalonians (The IVP New Testament Commentary Series), The Right Doctrine from the Wrong Texts?: Essays on the Use of the Old Testament in the New, John’s Use of the Old Testament in Revelation, The Temple and the Church’s Mission, and We Become What We Worship.
  2. A. Carson (PhD, University of Cambridge) is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He is the author or editor of more than forty books and is one of the leaders of The Gospel Coalition.

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About the Author:

David E. Prince is pastor of preaching and vision at Ashland Avenue Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky and assistant professor of Christian preaching at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of In the Arena and Church with Jesus as the Hero. He blogs at Prince on Preaching and frequently writes for The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, For the Church, the BGEA and Preaching Today


  1. Michael Sanelli January 26, 2015 at 1:20 am

    Really hard question. My favorite OT book right now might be Leviticus because I’m doing an exegetical project from there right now. Connecting it to Christ by way of Sacrifice, Priesthood, the book of Hebrews, etc. has been fruitful.

  2. Timothy January 26, 2015 at 8:50 am

    My favorite OT book is Genesis because there is so much history and theology packed into it. I am fascinated by the patriarchs and I love the typology that points to Christ.

  3. Joe Gunter January 26, 2015 at 9:06 am

    Ruth because it so clearly displays the Gospel.

  4. Josh January 26, 2015 at 9:28 am

    My favorite book in the OT is Isaiah because it is used so much in Paul. I also enjoy the Servant Songs.

  5. Debi Martin January 26, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Favorite OT book is either Deuteronomy or Psalms. Psalms with the imagery and emotional aspects. Deuteronomy with showing God’s faithfulness and holiness and desire to have relationship with us.

  6. Robert January 26, 2015 at 9:44 am

    Really enjoying learning to pray using Psalms as a guide.

  7. Andrew Bondurant January 26, 2015 at 9:54 am

    I am finishing up a study of Genesis that has really opened my eyes to the grace of God with the Patriarchs. I have really enjoyed this study and for now Genesis is my favorite OT book.

  8. Persis January 26, 2015 at 10:07 am

    Genesis. My pastor is currently preaching on it, and it sets the stage for God’s plan of redemption.

  9. Travis Minogue January 26, 2015 at 10:28 am

    I would have to say, this is a hard one, but my favorite OT book may have to be Ezekiel, mostly because some of the stories relate very well to our world today. But the part that really grabs my attention is Ezekiel 37:1-14, The Valley of Dry Bones, and how it relates to our world today being the valley and the bones are of our people, and God sent us, as He did Ezekiel, to preach His Word to give them life

  10. Spencer January 26, 2015 at 11:03 am

    Jeremiah. It’s an interesting mix of narrative, prophecy, and yet is not necessarily in chronological order. Is a great book to learn about composition of biblical text and an interesting study for the LXX.

  11. Mathew Gilbert January 26, 2015 at 11:44 am

    I could answer this question in a number of ways, but if I had to choose just one OT book as my favorite, it would be Isaiah. Isaiah’s prophecy provides not only insight into the theological dimensions of the historical turmoil surrounding the invasions and defeats of both Israel and Judah, but it also clearly demonstrates God’s hatred of sin, faithfulness to the covenant, and grace by which he will redeem his people through the propitiation that is the Suffering Servant. The theme of redemption through a wrath-appeasing sacrifice leaves me in awe of the God encapsulated in Isaiah 6.

  12. Bryan L. Kent January 26, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    Joshua/Judges. Privileged to have taught through them this past year and was blown away by the disparity between the glorious victories in Joshua and the complete decadence of the period of the Judges. Never a dull moment in either book!

  13. Jeff Oien January 26, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    I’ve been eyeing this one for a long time.

  14. J January 26, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    Proverbs is my current favorite OT book, because it is a HUGE spring of wisdom.

  15. Jason Delgado January 27, 2015 at 6:26 am

    Genesis… cause the end is in the beginning!

  16. Tim Hawkins January 27, 2015 at 7:32 am

    My favorite book in the OT is Genesis. There are so many crucial redemptive-historical themes established which are traced throughout three rest of scripture.

  17. Terry January 27, 2015 at 7:49 am

    That’s is a difficult question, my top three are Genesis, Psalms and Isaiah, each for different reasons. From an apologetics view I would go with Genesis as we are smacked right up front the the really of God and that He does in fact interact, deal with His creation. He has not left us on auto pilot but redemptibely works for His glory and our good. Psalms,nth hymnal, the exultation of a redeemed heart in the midst of real life. In joy and sadness, in depression and excitement is a powerful discipleship book among other things. And then Isaish, I have heard it called “The Gospel of Isaish” because he speaks and proclaims the coming Messiah, to redeem His people.
    So having said that I choose Genesis as my “favorite” , but the others could overtake easily.

  18. Malia January 27, 2015 at 7:57 am

    Daniel, Genesis, Hosea. It seems whichever one I’ve studied last is my favorite.

  19. Chris Land January 27, 2015 at 9:42 am

    Psalms because they show us how to worship in good and bad times.

  20. Travis Minogue January 27, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    That’s a hard question, but I would have to say my favorite OT book is Ezekiel, mostly because of another book I read by Dr. Albert Mohler and how he explained that the Valley of Dry Bones in ch. 37, is just like our world today and how God wants us to be like Ezekiel to preach His Word to those that are spiritually dead to give them life with the Holy Spirit.

  21. Reagan Marsh January 27, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    My favorite OT book is Joshua. I preached through it about 1.5 years ago and was amazed at how Christ-centered it is!

  22. Todd Randolph January 30, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    This is a difficult question. I would have to say the Ezekiel and how the prophecies relate to us today.

  23. Joey January 30, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    Psalms because of the depth of writing

  24. Jake January 30, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    Such a great resource—it would be a joy to win it.

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