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Overview The Old Testament both tells the story of Israel and points to the coming Messiah. Kaiser distinguishes between Old Testament passages that describe national Israel's glorious future and those that point to Christ and his kingdom. Kaiser's chronological approach traces Israel's developing concept of Messiah through different time periods.
Publishers Description Old Testament texts that point to the coming of the Messiah are traditionally interpreted either from the viewpoint of their New Testament fulfillment (evangelicalism) or their linguistic and grammatical distinctiveness within the Hebrew Bible (non-conservative). The Messiah in the Old Testament considers another important line of interpretation that has been neglected in building an Old Testament theology. It approaches Israel's concept of the Messiah as a developing theme and shows how a proper grasp of the textual meaning at each stage of Old Testament revelation is necessary for understanding messianic prophecy. Beginning in the Pentateuch and working through the Old Testament to the Minor Prophets, the author delineates texts that are direct messianic prophecies and examines their meaning and development within the flow of God's plan. The reader will gain an understanding of God's process for bringing the Messiah to earth through the nation of Israel, and of his intent to bring the saving knowledge of Christ to the World through them.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.2" Width: 5.44" Height: 0.71" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Aug 8, 1995
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
Series Studies In Old Testament Biblica
ISBN 031020030X ISBN13 9780310200307 UPC 025986200305
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More About Kaiser Walter C
Walter C. Kaiser Jr (Ph.D., Brandeis University) is president emeritus and Colman Mockler Distinguished Professor of Old Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is the author numerous articles and books, including The Majesty of God in the Old Testament, Recovering the Unity of the Bible, Biblical Portraits of Creation, and Toward an Exegetical Theology.
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Good survey of the OT messianic prophecies Nov 30, 1999
This book is a quick survey of the major messianic prophecies of the Old Testament. Actually, I found the first chapter on how to interpret messianic prophecy the most helpful chapter in the book. Kaiser rejects the double fulfillment approach that many have taken with the prophecies of Christ's first coming. He makes a case for the Christocentric interpretation being the the primary interpretation in each case study. I do not always agree with this approach, as his interpretation of Isaiah 7:14 is less than satisfying.
But in most instances, his interpretations are very good, and you can perceive Kaiser's strong evangelical faith in the volume. Recommended.
Fascinating study of the Messiah in the Old Testament! Nov 30, 1999
Walter Kaiser, Jr. has given us a very rich study regarding the Messiah. His study is very specific and unique. He focuses only on passages that deal with direct prophecies/predictions of the coming Messiah. He steers clear of typology, which can sometimes be too subjective. His approach is chronological. He begins with the Pentateuch and shows us the foundation of predictions of the Messiah that God revealed in the earliest of His revelations. He proceeds to show the reader how subsequent writers of Holy Scripture built upon this foundation and developed themes of the Messiah (e.g. Prophet, Priest, King, Servant, etc.). He follows prophecies of the Messiah through different eras of Israel's history. When he gets to the prophets themselves, he groups them by the century in which they prophesied. So, the earliest parts of this book give us prophesies of the Messiah in the order that they come in our English translations of the Old Testament. The prophets, however, are not necessarily addressed in our biblical order, as their works do not appear in chronological order in our English transations.
I wish I could say this study was for everyone - I do believe it would be beneficial reading for everyone. Kaiser's study is deep, and sometimes technical. It helps to have a basic understanding of hermeneutics (biblical interpretation) before beginning this book. There are a couple of places where he discusses aspects of Hebrew grammar - the gist is attainable if the reader will press on through these brief sections. So, it is readable, but some things will be outside the grasp of the average reader. Kaiser does not overwhelm one with the technical aspects of his research, but it is sometimes present.
There is another aspect of this book that may trouble some readers. Kaiser deals with the Hebrew text. In some places his conclusions are based on personal translations that imply that the English translations are actually mistranslations. Certain groups of Christians, especially the "King James" only crowd, will have problems with this approach. Kaiser seems to tackle the subject with a belief in the inspiration of Scripture, but not with the belief in the inspiration of the translators of Scripture. I agree with him at this point, but am concerned that it may cause difficulties for young believers.
From the other reviews of this book, it is evident that some Jewish people will have problems with this study. It is unfortunate. Kaiser makes little attempt to convert anyone - it is not an overt aspect of his work. He simply examines the evidence and writes about his findings. Some of the passages he examines are obscure, some are more commonly understood as referring to the Messiah. Kaiser is not shy about quoting from the Jewish Targums, those that predate the life of Jesus, and showing where pre-Christian Jewish understandings of the Messiah were.
All in all, this is an excellent study. I came away from this book with a deeper knowledge of how thoroughly God predicted the coming Messiah to the Jewish people. I appreciate more deeply the atoning sacrifice of the Messiah - His death in my place. Kaiser does not connect all the prophecies to their corresponding fulfillments in the New Testament. When I taught a series based on Kaiser's work I traced every New Testament connection that I could find. It is almost overwhelming to see how the New Testament shows Jesus as the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies about the coming Messiah. Such a study will enrich one's faith!
Superb and Convincing! Nov 30, 1999
This is an excellent and very informative book filled with pertinent facts for the discerning Jew, Christian or anyone else interested in learning the evidence as it points to the true Messiah. The review below notwithstanding. God's chosen people--gimme a break. This is the year 2002 and I wouldn't be surprised if the Messiah lands in Israel and smites her for her arrogance. Embrace the blessed truth and humble yourselves before it's too late. Shalom!
Why go to so much trouble? Nov 30, 1999
I am Jewish and I read this book and like most attempts by Christians to convert me I found the author's arguments unconvincing. The Tanach is very clear about what the world will be like once the Messiah has come and it is patently clear that this has not happened. And if there is to be a second coming, why not a third or a fourth? The problem Christians face in converting Jews is cultural not theological. The only Jews who would be susceptible to the arguments set out in this book are those who are totally estranged from their own Jewishness. Any self-respecting Jew with a modicum of religious knowledge will not be convinced by the arguments set out in this book. Give it up missionaries! The Jews are G-d's chosen people, a Light Unto The Nations, and this Light will remain bright until the end of time (despite missionary attempts to dim it). Instead of trying to convert Jews, you should encourage them to become observant Jews and you should yourselves observe the 7 Noachidic Laws so that the Messiah really does come. Books like this only delay the coming of the Messiah.
let the old testament have its say first Nov 30, 1999
walter kaiser has written his book from an exceptional conservative evangelical position with which i have no problems with. the one problem i have with a book written from this perspective is that it tends to see the old testament, more often than not, as merely a set of 'proof texts' to show how the concept of the messiah originated from within the old testament and is continued into the new. thus passages from the old testament are read from the perspective of the new testament. i do not deny that the old testament finds its ultimate fulfilment in the new. the question is then whether we are true to what the old testament really has to say about the messiah. in fact what do the jews themselves have to say about the messiah? there are some texts like the fourth suffering servant in deutero-isaiah which are considered 'messianic' from the traditional christian point of view but not necessarily so from the jewish perspective. the probable jewish understanding of the 'servant' from this passage is that it refers to the prophet himself. kaiser's book would do greater justice to the 'first' testament ('old' from the christian view point) if it tries not to read too much into the text of what christians normally 'expect to hear' about the messiah. let us give some justice to the old testament and let its voice be clearly heard first. then we can move on to what christians have to say about what the old testament says about the messiah. in this way, it would not be surprising to find texts that christians normally considered as messianic to be understood by the jews in an entirely different fashion. afterall the old testament was the testament of the jews.