The World and the Word is a fresh introduction to the Old Testament, an impassioned reaction to how modern Christian preaching and teaching often ignores this front eighty percent of the Bible. Authors Eugene Merrill, Mark Rooker, and Michael Grisanti work through the times and text of the Hebrew Scriptures to illuminate three major points:
- The Old Testament is a rich source of theology and doctrine that is presupposed by the New Testament. Without it, Christian theology would be seriously deficient.
- Mystery of the Old Testament is crucial to an understanding of the New Testament.
- The Old Testament offers, by teaching and example, practical principles of belief and behavior for contemporary times. Who God was and what He did then can be replicated in the lives of men and women today.
Separating the verifiable biblical and extra biblical data from the various interpreations of that same information, the book further shows how the Old Testament forms the basis from which sprang the life, ministry, and teachings of Jesus and the church. The World and the Word will help students see an entry point into the very heart and design of the God who loves them and wishes to make them the special object of His grace.
About the Authors
Dr. Eugene Merrill is distinguished professor of Old Testament studies at Dallas Theological Seminary and distinguished professor of Old Testament interpretation at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. With degrees from Bob Jones University (Old Testament studies), New York University (Jewish studies), and Columbia University (Middle Eastern studies), Merrill is considered among the most outstanding Old Testament scholars in the United States today.
Michael A. Grisanti is professor of Old Testament at The Master’s Seminary in Sun Valley, California.
Mark F. Rooker is Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina.