Review: Unfolding Mystery

Unfolding Mystery
Unfolding Mystery by Edmund P Clowney
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Edmund Clowney walks us through the Old Testament pointing us to Christ in this excellent book. Consider Jesus’s words about the content of the Old Testament scriptures:

Luke 24:27
And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

Luke 24:44
And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.

John 5:39
Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

Despite the fact that Jesus taught the Old Testament was about Him, and the fact that the Apostles taught the same, many persist in reading, teaching, and preaching the Old Testament with scarce reference to Christ. We turn to Mount Sinai and teach ten laws for success. We turn to David and Goliath and teach people how to face their own personal giants. We turn to Eli and Samuel and teach people to be better parents. In other words, many use the Old Testament for Sunday School morality lessons akin to Aesop’s fables.

Clowney does an excellent job of bringing out Christ in the Old Testament without resorting to fanciful speculation. This book will help to begin reshaping our thinking about the Old Testament, the witness to Christ, and the Divine unity of the entire Bible. I highly recommend it.

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  • Doug Newell

    Does he come from a covenant theology perspective?

    • shortthoughts

      I think so. I think he was a presbyterian.

      • Doug Newell

        Was just wondering if he pressed the issue. Thanks for your review, I appreciate them.

        • shortthoughts

          He doesn’t really press that issue. He does a good job of sticking to how the Old Testament scriptures reveal Jesus Christ. Even when he touched on some eschatological issues, he did pretty well.

          It’s not a long book, so it serves as a good introduction to biblical theology.