Saturday, October 13, 2007

Commentary on the NT Use of the OT

Baker Academic has posted online the introduction to, and an excerpt from, the forthcoming Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament. The introduction is by the editors, D. A. Carson and G. K. Beale, and the excerpt is by I. Howard Marshall, on Acts 1-2.

Carson and Beale explain that they asked each contributor to discuss the following areas related to each quote/allusion: (1) NT context; (2) OT context; (3) Jewish use; (4) textual factors; (5) nature of the NT connection; (6) theological nature of the NT use of the OT quote or allusion.

The contributors and their assigned books are as follows:
  • Craig Blomberg on Matthew
  • Rikki Watts on Mark
  • David Pao and Eckhard Schnabel on Luke
  • Andreas Köstenberger on John
  • I. Howard Marshall on Acts
  • Mark Seifrid on Romans
  • Brian Rosner and Roy Ciampa on 1 Corinthians
  • Peter Balla on 2 Corinthians
  • Moisés Silva on Galatians and Philippians
  • Frank Thielman on Ephesians
  • G. K. Beale on Colossians
  • Jeffrey Weima on Thessalonians
  • Philip Towner on the Pastoral Epistles
  • George Guthrie on Hebrews
  • D. A. Carson on the General Epistles
  • G. K. Beale and Sean McDonough on Revelation
A couple of endorsements:
"Beale and Carson have given us a volume that will certainly become a standard for all serious Bible readers, ministers, and scholars. We are in their debt. As a preacher, I would especially encourage other preachers to use this volume in honing their understanding of God's Word and in leading their congregations to better understand the Old Testament, the same Scriptures that Jesus taught his disciples. I'm even planning on using this to help select appropriate Scripture readings for public services." --Mark Dever, pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC

"There has been a great need for a comprehensive study of the New Testament's use of the Old Testament. This arduous task has now been accomplished by very competent New Testament scholars, resulting in an excellent reference work. It is well thought out and the style makes it easy to use; a must for every serious student of the Bible." --Harold W. Hoehner, Dallas Theological Seminary
My only disappointment is that--as far as I can tell--the work remains at the inductive level (which is, of course, absolutely essential). I just wish there was also an essay by Beale and Carson that sought to draw some conclusions and suggest some general principles.