Andreas Köstenberger's Best Book of 2007
"This really is a new sort of commentary! For the first time we are given a continuous exegetical reading of the way each New Testament book quotes, alludes to, and evokes the Old Testament Scriptures. This volume will be an immensely useful resource for all kinds of study of the New Testament."
- Richard Bauckham, professor of New Testament Studies and Bishop Wardlaw Professor, St. Mary's College, University of St. Andrews
"Finally a volume that surveys the use of the Old Testament in each book of the New Testament. Written by top-tier scholars with unsurpassed expertise in New Testament exegesis, these essays model sound engagement with Scripture that quotes Scripture. This excellent collection is a must-read for all who wish to understand how the New Testament writers understood and used their Bible. This long-awaited volume deserves to become a standard text that will hopefully launch a new stage of fresh work in biblical research."
- Karen H. Jobes, Gerald F. Hawthorne Professor of New Testament Greek and Exegesis, Wheaton College
"Finally we have a work that examines the use of the Old Testament in the New Testament and covers the entirety of the New Testament in a single volume. Pastors, students, and scholars will profit from the careful attention to both the Old and New Testament contexts in which the citations occur, and they will be enriched by the theological depth represented in this important book."
- Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
"Few areas of New Testament study are as often discussed as the New Testament's use of the Old. There has long been a need for a careful case-by-case treatment, since the use we see in the New Testament is so varied and diverse. This commentary meets that need admirably. It is thorough yet concise, clear yet detailed. All will be led into helpful reflection on this important area of study. Well done to the editors and authors of this useful and unique commentary."
- Darrell L. Bock, research professor of New Testament studies, Dallas Theological Seminary
"There has been a great need for a comprehensive study of the New Testament's use of the Old Testament. This arduous task has now been accomplished by very competent New Testament scholars, resulting in an excellent reference work. It is well thought out and the style makes it easy to use; a must for every serious student of the Bible."
- Harold W. Hoehner, distinguished professor of New Testament, Dallas Theological Seminary
"Given the infinite riches of God's truth, no single commentary can do it all. Some commentaries choose to stress the theological themes of a text, while others focus on a text's literary features or significant archaeological background or the wider cultural context of first-century Judaism and Hellenism. While all this is valuable, no background information has proved to be more illuminating than the New Testament's own profound use of the Old Testament. This crucial background, however, is often tragically missed, misconstrued, or minimized in other commentaries. To address this need, the present volume provides a fresh, insightful, and judicious exposition of the most significant instances of the New Testament's use of the Old Testament. Under the expert editorial guidance of G. K. Beale and D. A. Carson, who are among the most respected authorities in the field, the contributors to this commentary have done scholars, pastors, and ordinary believers an enormous favor by sharing with them in a concise and accessible format some of the most useful and exciting discoveries that come from this approach"
- Gordon P. Hugenberger, senior minister, Park Street Church, Boston, MA; adjunct professor of Old Testament, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
"Beale and Carson have given us a volume that will certainly become a standard for all serious Bible readers, ministers, and scholars. We are in their debt. As a preacher, I would especially encourage other preachers to use this volume in honing their understanding of God's Word and in leading their congregations to better understand the Old Testament, the same Scriptures that Jesus taught his disciples. I'm even planning on using this to help select appropriate Scripture readings for public services."
- Mark Dever, pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC
"Beale and Carson have amassed a unique reference resource, focused on an area of perpetual importance to both biblical scholars and preachers: how did the writers of the New Testament 'read' their Bibles. The many contributions are held together by a commitment to explore the New Testament context of the quotation, the meaning of the excerpt in its original Old Testament context, the interpretation of this same passage in Second Temple Judaism, the textual tradition (Hebrew text, Septuagint, or mixed type) of the passage, and, finally, the New Testament writer's interpretation and application of the excerpt. As such, this volume will be of constant help as a starting point for a very specific, and very critical, facet of the exegetical task."
- David A. deSilva, Trustees' Professor of New Testament and Greek, Ashland Theological Seminary