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Messianic Revelation in the Old Testament
     

Messianic Revelation in the Old Testament

by Gerard Van Groningen
 

Books by evangelical scholars on messianism in the Old Testament are either outdated, too brief, or lack balance," observes the author. Messianic Revelation in the Old Testament represents the most thorough, conservative analysis of the century.

Van Groningen traces the messianic expectation as it is progressively revealed in the Hebrew Scriptures. He first

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Books by evangelical scholars on messianism in the Old Testament are either outdated, too brief, or lack balance," observes the author. Messianic Revelation in the Old Testament represents the most thorough, conservative analysis of the century.

Van Groningen traces the messianic expectation as it is progressively revealed in the Hebrew Scriptures. He first introduces the messianic concept, defining its terms and uncovering its source. He finds these messianic presentations rooted in, and shaped by, divine revelation.

The major part of this volume explores messianism's philological, historical, and theological aspects. The result of this study," writes the author, reveals that the messianic concept refers to a royal-priestly-prophetic person...and his work." Passages that deal with these messianic motifs have been selected for close scrutiny and evaluation.

The author believes that a correct understanding of messianism in the Old Testament requires a balanced hermeneutical approach - from exegeting the relevant texts and studying their historical context to interpreting prophecy and organizing its theological truths. In the words of the author, To omit one [element] is to do injustice to the Old Testament."

Van Groningen has included an extensive bibliography of both books and articles for those wishing to pursue additional study. A Scripture index helps one to locate the author's exegetical insights on various passages. An index of persons concludes the work.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Van Groningen is guided by a broad understanding of the messianic concept and a conservative view of biblical inspiration and inerrancy, which he elaborates in the first two chapters. The remainder of the book is primarily exegetical treatment of passages in the Hebrew Bible. Relying on a rather free use of typological exegesis, the author includes a number of passages that mainstream biblical scholars do not consider messianic. In the end, van Groningen has produced a massive synthesis of orthodox opinion and a negative evaluation of much current scholarship but has made no new contribution. Even so, because it is representative of conservative evangelical scholarship and because of its bibliography, which exceeds 40 pages, this work should be part of comprehensive religion collections.-- Craig W. Beard, Harding Univ. Lib., Searcy, Ark.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781579100490
Publisher:
Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date:
07/01/1997
Series:
Messianic Revelation in the Old Testamen Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
1022
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.50(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Gerard Van Groningen is Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri

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