The primary concern of Goldingay’s book is to examine how NT writers understood Jesus via the OT, “in order then . . . to look at the pointers they suggest for understanding the Old Testament itself” (p. 1), which he calls the “First Testament” (FT). Goldingay outlines five primary ways in which the FT helps Christians understand Jesus (story, promises, ideas, relationship, and life); each gets a chapter. These five ways are exemplified in the first few chapters of the book of Matthew. Goldingay thus begins each chapter with Matthew’s use of the FT, then considers other NT books (primarily Romans, 1 Corinthians, Hebrews, and Revelation). Thus, much of the book explicates the NT use of the FT. Each chapter concludes by reading sections of the FT on their own terms. Theoretically, these lessons modify how Christians read the FT.

After a brief introduction that outlines the goal and course...

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