Jesus the Messiah: Tracing the Promises, Expectations, and Coming of Israel's King

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Few books have sought to exhaustively trace the theme of Messiah through all of Scripture, but this book does so with the expert analysis of three leading evangelical scholars. For the Bible student and pastor, Jesus the Messiahpresents a comprehensive picture of both scriptural and cultural expectations surrounding the Messiah, from an examination of the Old Testament promises to their unique and perfect fulfillment in Jesus' life.

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Overview

Few books have sought to exhaustively trace the theme of Messiah through all of Scripture, but this book does so with the expert analysis of three leading evangelical scholars. For the Bible student and pastor, Jesus the Messiahpresents a comprehensive picture of both scriptural and cultural expectations surrounding the Messiah, from an examination of the Old Testament promises to their unique and perfect fulfillment in Jesus' life.

Students of the life of Christ will benefit from the authors' rich understanding of ancient biblical culture and pastors will find an indispensable help for understanding the unity and importance of the ancient promise of Messiah. This handsome volume will be a ready reference on Messiah for years to come.

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Editorial Reviews

Denver Seminary - Richard S. Hess
"The authors provide a masterful synthesis of the teaching of the Messiah in the Old Testament, the context of Judaism, and in the New Testament. By intentionally addressing the contextual, canonical, messianic, and christological readings of all the key texts, and asserting how these grew and developed in their interpretation into the Christian era, these three scholars, each with expertise in expounding the message of the relevant texts, provide the reader with a clear path for understanding the fulfillment of the messianic expectaion in Jesus Christ as more than just a collection of diverse prophecies. This is the most useful work to date on the subject."
Wheaton College - Daniel Block
"Resisting the impulse to impose later visions of the Messiah upon earlier texts, they have offered a fair and balanced picture of a gradually revealed but vibrant and persistent thread of biblical belief. Thoroughly researched, logically organized, and lavishly illustrated, this volume represents the finest full length treatment of the subject available."
Fuller Theological Seminary - Leslie C. Allen
"I like the authors' distinction between a text's original, contextual meaning and the canonical significance ultimately given to it, and their progression from Old Testament to New via second temple Jewish literature."
Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary - Paul D. Wegner
"Bateman, Bock, and Johnston have definitely filled a gaping hole in this crucial area with their new work and done so artfully while specializing in their respective fields—Old Testament, second temple literature, and New Testament. It is about time we have a detailed discussion on this important area from evangelical scholars bridging this whole time period. Their discussions are nuanced and carefully worded, avoiding many pitfalls of either extremes and yet providing a very readable and clear work. Especially helpful is their progressive development in which they have highlighted crucial themes related to the Messiah throughout the biblical and non-canonical works. Whether one agrees or disagrees with all of their conclusions, there is no doubt that they have provided a workable, clear foundation in this area that will spawn many lively discussions into the future."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780825421099
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications
  • Publication date: 12/1/2012
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 1,444,209
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Herbert W. Bateman IV (PhD, Dallas Th eological Seminary) has taught Greek language and exegesis for more than twenty years. He is the Author or editor of many works on the General Epistles, including Charts on the Book of Hebrews, Four Views on the Warning Passages in Hebrews, and a forthcoming commentary on Jude and 2 Peter.

Gordon H. Johnston (ThD, Dallas Theological Seminary) is associate professor of Old Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. He has spent a number of years sifting through archaeological digs. In addi- tion to his work in the field, Dr. John- ston has published numerous articles and essays in scholarly journals.

Darrell L. Bock is Executive Director of Cultural Engagement and Senior Research Professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. A former president of the Evangelical Theological Society, he is the author of the best-selling Breaking the Da Vinci Code and numerous works in New Testament studies, including Jesus According to Scripture.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9

Abbreviations 11

Introduction Herbert W. Bateman IV 17

Part 1 Promises of a King Gordon H. Johnston

Chapter 1 Messianic Trajectories in Genesis and Numbers 37

Chapter 2 Messianic Trajectories in God's Covenant Promise to David 59

Chapter 3 Messianic Trajectories in the Royal Psalms 75

Chapter 4 Messianic Trajectories in Amos, Hosea, and Micah 107

Chapter 5 Messianic Trajectories in Isaiah 133

Chapter 6 Messianic Trajectories in Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel 169

Chapter 7 Messianic Trajectories in Zechariah 191

Part 2 Expectations of a King Herbert W. Bateman IV

Chapter 8 Three Obstacles to Overcome, and Then One 211

Chapter 9 Anticipations of the One Called Messiah 253

Chapter 10 Anticipations of the One Called Branch and Prince 275

Chapter 11 Anticipations of the One Called Son 303

Part 3 The Coming of a King Darrell L. Bock

Chapter 12 Messiah Confessed: Revelation and the Catholic Epistles 331

Chapter 13 Messiah Confessed: Pauline Epistles 357

Chapter 14 The Messiah Preached and Veiled 405

Chapter 15 The Identity of Jesus as the Christ in His Ministry 441

Appendix: Messiah and Genesis 3:15 Gordon H. Johnston 459

Index of Charts, Illustrations, Maps, and Sidebars 473

Person and Subject Index 475

Ancient Sources Index 485

Scripture Index 495

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  • Posted March 4, 2013

    Review: Jesus the Messiah ¿ Tracing the Promises, Expectations a

    Review: Jesus the Messiah – Tracing the Promises, Expectations and Coming of Israel’s King

    Summary: Divided into three section, scholars and theologians Bateman, Bock and Johnston piece together the pieces of the messianic puzzle as they were revealed progressively in the Old Testament and fulfilled in the New Testament. The first section of the book explores the messianic promises found in the Hebrew Bible, the second section explores the messianic expectations before the coming of Jesus, and the final section explores the fulfillment of the messianic promises in the person of Jesus.

    Review: My criticisms of the book are few so I will voice them up front. First, there are no indications outside of the table of contents, where each of the three sections begins and ends. I found myself moving into a new chapter and only realizing the section had changed because of the shift in writing voice. Second, while this is a scholarly and academic work, the middle section (written by Bateman) is not as readily accessible to the educated layperson as are the sections written by Johnston and Bock.

    The first section, written by Gordon H. Johnston, is a nearly exhaustive look at the messianic promises in the “First Testament” (the Old Testament). Moving through the prophecies and promises chronologically, he discusses the original historical meaning of each text, any near-fulfillments, messianic implications, early interpretations, and overall significance in the Bible as a whole (both testaments). This is an amazing and helpful method because it takes the reader on the narrative journey of how God progressively revealed his ultimate plan in the coming Messiah.

    The second section, written by Herbert Bateman IV, is filled with extensive work from the inter-testamental period and focuses on the various expectations of the coming Messiah. He dives into the apocryphal writings and pseudepigraphal texts, as well as other historical documents, to give the reader a picture of the pre-Jesus expectations for Messiah’s coming.

    The third and final section, written by (the amazing) Darrell L. Bock, looks at the Messiah as revealed in the Second Testament (the New Testament). What Bock does in this section, though, is start from the end of the Second Testament and works his way backwards towards the gospels. By doing this, he is able to effectively demonstrate the continuity of the messianic promises between the First and Second Testament. This method is nothing short of brilliant.

    All three authors speak of the “Messianic Puzzle” being revealed with new pieces over the course of time until Jesus arrives and the Scriptures are written. This work is both an invaluable tool as a reference work, as well as a sort of devotional encouragement to see the magnificent revelation and work of the Messiah, Jesus.

    Jesus the Messiah is critical reading for those trying to understand the Bible as a whole and the continuity between the testaments.

    Rating: 5/5 (I loved it)

    Note: I received a physical copy of this book for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

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    Jesus the Messiah might intimidate the novice reader, the one ac

    Jesus the Messiah might intimidate the novice reader, the one accustomed to the usual Christian book store fare and the pop-Christian movement. In fact, if that’s what you typically read, you have two hard choices:
    1. Stop right there, put the book down and walk away slowly.
    2. Click the order button at Kregel or Amazon, but while the book is being shipped to you, start sharpening your skills for thinking, discernment and in-depth study.
    This is not a book for lightweights. This is a serious exercise in scholarly exploration. I consider this a seminary level book, one worthy of Master’s Degree education. Therefore, be warned: you will get a workout is using Jesus the Messiah.
    So, with all that said, let me commend this book to you.
    While Jesus the Messiah has three authors, each devoting one of three main sections to this work, there is a uniformity of thought to it all. Just from a publishing standpoint, Kregel has done an excellent job with this tome. The included charts, graphs, maps and assorted other visual aids help the student visualize the concepts and key thoughts. One of the most helpful was simply the picture of a jigsaw puzzle. As one reads through the book, the puzzle becomes more and more complete, which symbolizes the progressive nature of the revelation and understanding of Messiah throughout the Old Testament and into the New. 
    In Section One, Gordon Johnston does a fine job of showing the contextual and canonical trajectories throughout the Old Testament and how the progressive nature of revelation shows the trail of development of Messiah there.
    Herbert Bateman tackles the second section: The Expectations of a King. From the time between testaments through to the destruction of Jerusalem, Bateman assists the reader in seeing through a cloud of confusion about the Messiah from our modern perspective. This was a helpful section, especially in clearing away our historically-biased views thrown backwards upon the time.
    Finally, Darrell Bock closes out the book with the third section: The Coming Of A King. Interestingly enough, Bock starts from the book of Revelation and works backwards to the Gospel. Reasons are given for this, but largely it comes down to going from the more clear depictions and understandings of Messiah to the less clear in the Gospels. A very helpful approach indeed.
    One note of surprise, which shows my own preconceptions, was the almost clear absence of traditional dispensational language. Since all three authors are teaching/have taught/were taught at Dallas Theological Seminary, I expected much more of this than appears. This is not a fault, simply an observation for those who might be reluctant to pick up this book simply given the authors names and connections. I think you’ll be very pleasantly surprised and please as I was.
    One closing word: I would like to have provided a much more thorough review, a more technical review, but due to publisher pressure to put out a review, this is what I can provide at this time. Thirty days is not enough time to do justice to a book of this nature. Even a seminary class would take 9–12 weeks to walk through it. So, purchase this book, read it slowly, take good notes and be prepared to grow greatly in your understanding of Scripture as it tells us who Jesus the Messiah is.

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