Book Review: The Time Between the Old and New Testament

The Time Between the Old and New Testament: A Zondervan Digital ShortThe Time Between the Old and New Testament: A Zondervan Digital Short by Henry H. Halley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is a concise overview of the intertestamental period. It is an excellent summary to bridge the gap between the end of the Old Testament and the beginning of the New Testament. Many things changed during those four centuries and understanding that helps understand the setting of the Gospels and the land of Israel during the life of Jesus.

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Book Review: Has the Church Replaced Israel?

Has the Church Replaced IsraelHas the Church Replaced Israel by Michael Vlach
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an excellent study on the relation of Israel to the New Testament church. Vlach deals fairly with opposing views and examines a number of key verses.

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Book Review: How to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds

How to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at OddsHow to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds by Alan Jacobs
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was an interesting read. Jacobs addresses many biases that keep us from really thinking. His discussion of ingroups and outgroups was insightful. He helps us see what we often think of as independent thought isn’t that at all. I liked it.

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Book Review: The Politeness of Princes

The Politeness of Princes / and Other School StoriesThe Politeness of Princes / and Other School Stories by P. G. Wodehouse
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I always enjoy Wodehouse’s school stories. Good fun.

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Book Review: How Does the New Testament use the Old Testament?: A Survey of Major Views

How Does the New Testament Use the Old Testament?: A Survey of the Major ViewsHow Does the New Testament Use the Old Testament?: A Survey of the Major Views by Michael Vlach
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This booklet is helpful in summarizing the seven major views of how the New Testament writers used/interpreted the Old Testament. Vlach outlines the views in the words of their proponents and provides a few test cases of passages and how the different views read them. This is a complicated issue, particularly when it comes to the hard cases. However, Vlach points out that the majority of uses inarguably use a contextual interpretation. From that perspective, too much can be made of the relatively few places that are harder. These are important issues for they ultimately involve how the Bible is put together, issues of continuity and discontinuity between the testaments, and the possibility of Christians after the Apostles to follow their exegetical methods.

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