Monday, February 24, 2014

Review: Christian Faith in the Old Testament by Gareth Lee Cockerill

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (Feb. 11 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401677355
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401677350

Book Description

Sometimes it is easy to view the Old Testament as difficult to apply to our day-to-day lives. As contemporary Christians, we may even wonder whether it is possible for us to establish our apostolic roots in the Old Testament.

Christian Faith in the Old Testament helps us complete this daunting task is with ease. In this intriguing and informative study, Gareth Lee Cockerill helps us view the New Testament as a fulfillment of the Old Testament, giving us a broad perspective on Scripture as a whole. In language that is easily accessible to the layperson, Gareth explores the role of each major part of the Old Testament Canon and what part each plays in the total scope of biblical revelation. Additionally, Christian Faith in the Old Testament offers important guidance to contemporary believers about how each part of the Old Testament Canon applies today. This book is the perfect choice for intelligent modern Christians looking to discover their apostolic roots in the Old Testament.
Features include:
  • Understand how the Old Testament applies to life today
  • Discover the contemporary Christian’s apostolic roots in the Old Testament
  • Gain a broad perspective on Scripture as a whole

About The Author

Dr. Gareth Lee Cockerill has taught at Wesley Biblical Seminary since 1984. He is an ordained minister of the Wesleyan Church who served with his wife Rosa for nine years as a missionary in Sierra Leone, West Africa, where they were engaged in evangelism, teaching, administration, and medical ministries.

Professor Cockerill has just completed a new volume on Hebrews in the New International Commentary on the New Testament (Eerdmans, April, 2012). This volume replaces F. F. Bruce's classic commentary in that series and has been well received by scholars and pastors alike. Dr. Cockerill is one of the contributors to Four Views on the Warning Passages in Hebrews (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2006) and his essay "Melchizedek without Speculation: Hebrews 7:1-25 and Genesis 14:17-24" appeared in A Crowd of Witnesses: The Theology of Hebrews in its Ancient Context (LNTS, T&T Clark, 2008). He wrote Guidebook for Pilgrims to the Heavenly City (William Carey Library, 2002) for use in discipling Muslim background believers. He also published "Guidebook for Pilgrims to the Heavenly City, Building Bridges or Syncretism: A Test Case," in Contextualization and Syncretism: Navigating Cultural Currents (EMS #13, William Carey Library, 2006). Dr. Cockerill has contributed chapters to several popular-level books.

Dr. Cockerill has also published articles or book reviews in Tyndale Bulletin, Bulletin for Biblical Research, Journal of Biblical Literature, The Evangelical Quarterly, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Interpretation, and Missiology. He has read papers at national meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society, the Society of Biblical Literature, and the Evangelical Missiological Society.

In addition to scholarly articles and research, Professor Cockerill preaches and teaches in churches and camps. The Cockerills have three adult daughters, two sons-in-law, and two grandchildren.


My Review

Often we focus on the New Testament and the works of Jesus when we are going about doing bible study. There is so much valuable insight that you can gain by studying the Old Testament. Gareth lee Cockerill has written a very informative book called Christian Faith in the Old Testament: The Bible of the Apostles. Studying the Old Testament can assist you with understanding the Old Testament and how it applies to our lives today.

I love the layout of this book. It is very modern and very helpful for understanding the Old Testament. It is filled with figures and diagrams to assist with understanding. It provides excellent summaries of the books of the Old Testament and explains how the books are relevant to us today.

Christian Faith in the Old Testament is a wonderful, straight-forward and insightful books that will be useful for anyone who engages in bible study or how just wants to understand the Old Testament better. I definitely recommend this book. It was released on February 11th.

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