Rediscover the essential beginning of the most important story ever told. Although the Bible contains sixty-six books that usually span over a thousand printed pages, most Christians turn first--and sometimes only--to the New Testament. So often, Christian readers have little idea what to do with the Old Testament, if we read it at all. Sure, we value a few well-known stories and use a few psalms for personal devotions and for worship. Beyond that, many Christians find the Old Testament mostly confusing, troubling, or irrelevant. But to understand the Bible as the grand story that it is--the story of God's dealings with humanity and relationship to the whole universe--we must learn to read the first three-quarters of Scripture as Jesus did, and as the New Testament teaches us to do. Walking through the arc and major themes of the Old Testament narrative, author and biblical scholar Timothy J. Geddert guides curious readers of the Word into a fruitful and fulfilling reading of the Bible's first thirty-nine books, restoring joy in reading and studying the most important story ever told.
About the Author
Timothy J. Geddert is professor of New Testament at Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary in Fresno, California, where he has taught New Testament since 1986. He has a PhD in New Testament from Aberdeen University (Scotland). Tim has written books on biblical interpretation, ecclesiology, and ethics in English and in German. He has also written commentaries on Mark and Luke and numerous Bible study books and booklets. Tim and his wife Gertrud have seven children.