Preaching the Old Testament narratives always represents a challenge for both the preacher and the audience. For that reason, pastors and preachers need to be instructed in the art of preaching Old Testament Narratives as this part of the Bible requires an especial attention.
The book Preaching Old Testament Narratives, by Benjamin H. Walton (Kregel, 2016) can be a very helpful resource for those seeking to deepen their skills in preaching Old Testament narratives. The book is divided in two major sections: Part I: Discover the Message and Part II: Deliver the Message.
Part I (chapters 1-3) is devoted to the process of selecting and studying a passage from the Old Testament narratives. Walton leads the reader through a hermeneutical process. Chapter 2 (OT Narratives: From Text Selection to Take-Home Truth) is especially practical since the author presents a step by step approach for the preparation of a sermon. This process is illustrated in chapter 3, where a brief study of 2 Samuel 11-12 is presented.
Part II (chapters 4-13) deals with the skill of delivering a message. In this section, Walton leads the reader through a detailed homiletical process on how to prepare and deliver a sermon from an Old Testament narrative passage. The author uses many examples and practical illustrations that will help readers to visually see what is being said. This section is a step by step approach and is extremely useful for preachers.
Summarizing, this is a very complete and practical volume for preachers and pastors. Part I is focused on hermeneutical issues while Part II is focused on homiletical issues, and both disciplines combined result in a must have book for those in ministry.
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The Old Testament if for most of us the most difficult part of the Bible to understand. Many Christians believe that the God that is portrayed in the Old Testament has nothing to do with the God we find in the New Testament. There are many difficult questions in the Old Testament that for many Christians are difficult to answer. That is why we need books like Kaiser’.
Kaiser explores passages that have been historically unclear or difficult to understand for scholars and Christians in general. He approaches to every passage and topic in a very thorough manner and from a professional perspective. He confronts ambiguities and provides biblical answers for every one of them. For example: grace vs law, polygamy vs monogamy, or evolution vs creation, are some of the ambiguous questions about the Old Testament that Kaiser explores in this book. He appeals to passages that seems to contradict to each other, or passages that present God, in the first instance, in an opposite way.
The way Kaiser writes combines two difficult elements that not every writer is able to combine: erudition and clarity. That guarantees readers the access to a book that can be read without the need of being familiar about exegetical terms or technical words. The way Kaiser explores these topics will not let the reader to remain unclear about the questions Kaiser covers in his book. It does not mean the author tries to impose his point of view or to bias readers’ opinions. On the contrary Kaiser presents multiple perspectives for every topic and ways to biblically reconcile apparent contradictions.
The book is worthy of the price, especially is we take the quality of the writing into account.
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