This week Drs. Duane Garrett, Peter Gentry, and James Hamilton discussed the relationship of the Old Testament to the New Testament and the interpretation of Jesus Christ in the Old Testament. The lively conversation was well-attended on the campus of Southern Seminary and the discussion raised a number of nuanced issues concerning sensius plenior, typology, allegory, interpretive methods, the duplication of apostolic hermeneutics, and the extent to which the Old Testament author’s knew they were writing of Jesus Christ. In short, they covered a range of key interpretives features of biblical theology. You can listen to the whole discussion here, while Jim Hamilton makes some follow up comments with pertinent link in his post: How much Christ in the Old Testament.
Here are some other resources that may prove helpful in reading the Bible and seeing Christ and the gospel in the Old Testament.
First, James Grant highlights two helpful resources on the the Old Testament concerning its canonicity and its Narrative Structure. You can find both of these on his blog, In Light of the Gospel: The first reference is to Richard Gaffins’ “Reading the Bible as Canon”. The other is a link is John Woodhouse on the OT Narrative.
Second, a newer series of books offers to help biblical theologians and pastors see the gospel in the OT. The Gospel According to the Old Testament Series looks like an incredible series of reflections that highlights, as the title says, the gospel in the Old Testament. These books are not commentaries, though. Instead, it seems that they take aim at OT characters. Some of the books in the series focus on David, Ruth, Elijah & Elisha, Jonah, and others. Some of the authors are Biblical Theology heavy hitters: Tremper Longman, Iain Duguid, Raymond Dillard, and David Jackson, to name a few. (HT: Chad Knudson)
Hope you find these prophetable!
Sola Deo Gloria, dss