Books at a Glance recently interviewed me regarding my gospel-centered, thematic, theological survey of the Old Testament: What the Old Testament Authors Really Cared About: A Survey of Jesus’ Bible (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2013).
Part 1 of the interview included:
- A summary of the book’s distinctive contribution.
- An explanation of the underlying convictions that directed my work.
- Clarification on why I follow the arrangement of the Jewish canon in a book targeted to laity.
- Some of my reasoning for choosing to follow the order of books in the Jewish Talmud’s baba bathra 14b and not the order found in the Hebrew Bible used by scholars today.
Part 2 added the following:
- A brief characterization of the three divisions of Jesus’ Bible: Law, Prophets, and Writings.
- Comment on how I can characterize books like Job, Ruth, and Lamentations as bearing a message of Joy.
- A short statement on how the Law, Prophets, and Writings anticipate Jesus.
- An overview of my present writing projects.
For a synthesis of What the Old Testament Authors Really Cared About, see my earlier post here.