About the New American Studies in Bible and Theology
The books in this series often take a biblical difficulty as their point of entry, remembering B.F. Westcott's point that “unless all past experience is worthless, the difficulties of the Bible are the most fruitful guides to its divine depths.”
This new series is to be a medium through which the work of evangelical scholars can effectively reach the church. It will include detailed exegetical-theological studies of key pericopes such as the Sermon on the Mount and also fresh examinations of topics in biblical theology and systematic theology. It is intended to supplement the New American Commentary, whose exegetical and theological discussions so many have found helpful. These resources are aimed primarily at church leaders and those who are preparing for such leadership. We trust that individual Christians will find them to be an encouragement to greater progress and joy in the faith. More important, our prayer is that they will help the church proclaim Christ more accurately and effectively and that they will bring praise and glory to our great God.
About The Messianic Hope
In The Messianic Hope, book six of the New American Commentary Studies in Bible & Theology series, Jewish Studies professor Michael Rydelnik puts forth a thesis that the Old Testament was intended by its authors to be read as a messianic primer. He explains at length how the text reveals significant direct messianic prophecy when read in its final form. Users will find this topical study an excellent extension of the long-respected New American Commentary series.
About the Author
Michael Rydelnik is professor of Jewish Studies in the World Missions and Evangelism department at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois. He holds degrees from Moody (diploma), Azusa Pacific University (B.A.), Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M.), and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (D.Miss.) and also contributed to The Apologetics Study Bible.
Here's a clear and compelling case for the Messianic prophecies. It's a well-reasoned and much-needed antidote to those who would water down their significance.
At a time when some evangelical scholars question the centrality of the concept of Messiah in the Old Testament, Rydelnik courageously challenges fellow believers to reevaluate the biblical evidence. With erudition he articulates clearly and convincingly the importance of the Messianic hope, illustrating this by focusing on three often-disputed Old Testament passages. His book is a significant and timely contribution to a vitally important issue.
I love the tone Rydelnik strikes, on many levels. He announces his serious intent to "disagree without being disagreeable" (xv), then succeeds throughout, forcefully rejecting a number of scholars' positions while never impugning the scholars themselves. Rydelnik's source-material ranges from academic journals and volumes to Rob Bell's Velvet Elvis (which he solidly refutes) to the anecdotal. He does not strive for the scholarly pretense of detachment which I've denounced once and again and again, but writes with keen awareness of the issues at stake.
I can’t think of a more able scholar to help us understand the controversial topic of Messianic prophesy than Michael Rydelnik. This book should be read to help all of us understand Messianic prophesy and also to give an answer to those who would deny that Jesus fulfills the Old Testament prophecies, or that these references should be interpreted non-literally. The book takes us on an interesting journey showing how all the Scriptures coalesce around this central theme. To read this book is to tackle the most important theme in all the Bible.