The debate over whether New Testament writers were entirely accurate in their quoting from the Old Testament has raged since before the turn of the century. This fundamental question has been one starting point in thought for both redaction and canon criticism. A majority of contemporary scholars have even agreed that New Testament writers (and readers) permissively interpreted the Old Testament text.
Author Walter Kaiser, Jr., elucidates how this state of doctrinal affairs came about. He references the Old Testament text for accurate exegesis and content to answer the one question symbolizing the entire work: "Have the New Testament writers fairly cited the Old Testament quotations according to their real truth-intention and original writer's meaning in their attempt to show that the Messiah and many of the events in the first century A.D. church had indeed been anticipated by the O.T. writers?"
The apostles preached and wrote while utterly convinced that Old Testament writing had anticipated the marvelous events they proclaimed. Did they give meaning to meaningless Old Testament texts? Did they squeeze fulfilled prophecy out of a dry passage? These are the central questions answered in this work.
Walter C. Kaiser, Jr.
Walter C. Kaiser, Ph.D., is the President of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and the Colman M. Mockler distinguished Professor of Old Testament. He was previously the Academic Dean and Vice President of Education, as well as Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL.
Dr. Kaiser has written many books including, 'The Old Testament in Contemporary Preaching,' 'Classical Evangelical Essays in Old Testament Interpretation,' 'Toward an Old Testament Theology,' 'A Biblical Approach to Personal Suffering,' 'Ecclesiastes: Total Life,' 'Toward an Exegetical Theology,' 'Biblical Exegesis for Preaching & Teaching,' 'Hard Sayings of the Old Testament' and 'The Messiah in the Old Testament; a History of Israel.'