Preaching Christ from the Old Testament: A Contemporary Hermeneutical Method

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Arguing for the need both to preach Christ in every sermon and to preach regularly from the Old Testament, Sidney Greidanus develops a christocentric method that will help preachers do both simultaneously. Greidanus challenges Old Testament scholars to broaden their focus and to understand the Old Testament not only in its own historical context but also in the context of the New Testament. Suggesting specific steps and providing concrete examples, this volume provides a practical guide for preaching Christ from ...
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Overview

Arguing for the need both to preach Christ in every sermon and to preach regularly from the Old Testament, Sidney Greidanus develops a christocentric method that will help preachers do both simultaneously. Greidanus challenges Old Testament scholars to broaden their focus and to understand the Old Testament not only in its own historical context but also in the context of the New Testament. Suggesting specific steps and providing concrete examples, this volume provides a practical guide for preaching Christ from the Old Testament.
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Editorial Reviews

Clergy Journal
Greidanus lays groundwork for the whole book when he writes about the necessity of preaching Christ and the necessity of preaching Christ from the Old Testament..... It has wonderful insights and is written in a splendid way. This would be the kind of book that most pastors ought to read.
Review and Expositor
As with his previous, The Modern Preacher and the Ancient Text, Greidanus is at his best when giving specific exegetical and homiletical suggestions. In addition, his history of the varied ways preachers have proclaimed Christ from the Old Testament is well-researched and is a unique contribution to the field. The book is an important part of an age-old debate.
Elizabeth in Interpretation Achtemeier
"This is a careful, clear, helpful volume, which can be useful to any preacher who wishes to preach "the whole counsel of God," joining Old and New Testaments.... A good book."
Ministries Today
"Sidney Greidanus makes a major contribution to modern preaching with this work.... A great resource tool for sermon preparation.... Greidanus achieves a scholarly work, but one that is filled with great insight and integrity."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802844491
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 7/28/1999
  • Pages: 373
  • Sales rank: 581,457
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Sidney Greidanus is professor emeritus of preaching at Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
1 Preaching Christ and Preaching the Old Testament 1
2 The Necessity of Preaching Christ from the Old Testament 33
3 The History of Preaching Christ from the Old Testament I 69
4 The History of Preaching Christ from the Old Testament II 111
5 New Testament Principles for Preaching Christ from the Old Testament 177
6 The Christocentric Method 227
7 Steps from Old Testament Text to Christocentric Sermon 279
8 Practicing the Christocentric Method 319
App. 1 Steps from Text to Sermon 347
App. 2 An Expository Sermon Model 349
Select Bibliography 351
Scripture Index 367
Subject Index 369
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2004

    For those who Stand in the Place of God

    Greidanus is already known for his other works on preaching from ancient texts. Here in Preaching Christ from the Old Testament, Greidanus wants to safeguard the modern preacher from reading Jesus Christ back into the OT, and seeks to assist the preacher to develop better skills--models, hermeneutics--to utilize the OT to preach the redemptive historical meaning of the text. I believe the shallowness and impotent preaching that pounds the pulpit in most Americanized churches stems from the poor hermeneutical and exegetical skills of most preachers. Reading a book like Preaching Christ from the OT will give the modern preacher a better framework to think about, in this case, OT texts and how they should and could be preached. Most how to preaching books concentrate on style or application--that is so utilitarian and practical American ingenuity. Greidanus brings us back to where the power of preaching comes from--the text of Scripture and how we handle it.

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