What the Old Testament Authors Really Cared About is a message-driven, thematic survey of the Old Testament survey that is brief, multi-author, book-by-book, gospel-centered, and theologically rich. It is written from a conservative evangelical perspective, targeted toward college and seminary students and local churches, and designed to unpack the lasting message of the initial three-fourths of the Christian Scripture.

  • Message-driven and arranged in the order of Jesus’ Jewish Bible (Luke 24:44).
  • Focuses on how the Old Testament provides foundation for the fulfillment found in Christ.
  • Over 160 sidebars help clarify the Old Testament’s relationship to the New Testament or to the twenty-first century.
  • Condenses introductory issues for each book (who, when, where, why) to one-page snapshots of essential information.
  • Nearly 200 color photographs, 12 maps, and 80 charts enhance the biblical message.

2013-WOTARCA Chapter 1 Sample-DeRouchie

For a synthesis of my Books at a Glance interview on the book, go here.


deRouchieCover“How could I not enjoy a book which the editor says ‘is designed as a springboard for delight in God—the supreme Savior, Sovereign, and Satisfier of the world’? Jason DeRouchie has a sure hand when it comes to guiding a team of scholars. The aroma of his God-centered, Christ-exalting commitments permeate this survey. This is not a book with lengthy and elaborate arguments, but a faithful and attractive rendering of conservative evangelical research into the Bible that Jesus said ‘cannot be broken’ (John 10:35). I would happily put this in the hand of every church member, praying, as the editor has, that it would ‘fuel a greater treasuring of God … through Jesus—the divine, crucified, and resurrected Messiah.'”
John Piper, Founder and Teacher, DesiringGod.org

“Finally! An introduction to the only Bible Jesus had that tries to makes sense of each book by highlighting its life-giving message. This volume is invitingly organized and composed, and delightfully illustrated. If this does not inspire the curious and the fearful to read the Old Testament, I don ‘t know what will. We are grateful to Jason DeRouchie and the rest of the contributors for this magnificent resource.”
Daniel I. Block, Gunther H. Knoedler Professor of Old Testament, Wheaton College

“No ordinary survey! This clear, concise, and easy-to-understand text will help church folks and serious students alike grasp the contribution of the Old Testament to the Bible as a single text with a unified plot structure that finds ultimate fulfillment in Jesus Christ. Beautiful pictures and helpful diagrams aid communication in a powerful way. I heartily recommend it!”
Peter J. Gentry, Professor of Old Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“This is one of the most user-friendly surveys of the Old Testament–Jesus’s Bible!–that I have seen.  Written by accomplished scholars under the able direction of Jason DeRouchie, the book is a compelling read from start to finish.  Dr. DeRouchie’s vision for making this an accessible introduction to what for most Christians is an inaccessible part of our Scriptures is admirably accomplished.  I highly recommend this book.”
–David M. Howard Jr., Professor of Old Testament, Bethel Seminary

“This is truly a remarkable resource for the student of Scripture, especially those who’ve struggled to understand the Old Testament and how it relates to the New Testament. Jason DeRouchie has assembled an impressive team of scholars who explain the nature and flow of the Old Testament with an eye toward its fulfillment in the coming of Christ. Unlike your standard (and all too often stodgy) survey of the Old Testament, this volume is written in a vibrant and engaging style and is visually stunning. But best of all, it is distinctively Christ-centered. This will be the book to which I send all future inquisitive students of God’s Word. I highly recommend it.”
–Sam Storms, Lead Pastor for Preaching and Vision, Bridgeway Church, Oklahoma City, OK