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The Old Testament & the Significance of Jesus
Fredrick C. Holmgren

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Format: Paperback, 224pp.
ISBN: 0802844537
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Pub. Date: February 1999

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A Perennial question throughout the history of the Christian faith has centered on the character of the Old Testament and its relationship to Jesus Christ. This important book by Fredrick Holmgren clarifies how the early Christians used the Jewish Scriptures and how they discovered in the Old Testament texts the true significance of Jesus.Holmgren's study also works to bridge the gap that has long separated Jews and Christians regarding biblical interpretation. Dialoguing with Christians at every point on the theological spectrum, Holmgren urges the church toward a new respect for the Jewish Bible, the enduring role of the New Testament as "Christian scripture," and the valuable contributions of Judaism to the Christian faith.


"Fredrick Holmgren has brought his years of thoughtful interpretation of the Old Testament to a climax in a work that goes right to the central issues for the church's appropriation of the Old Testament. He has heard the Old Testament in its own right, in no way superseded by the New Testament, and has shown us how that word of the Old Testament is heard afresh and in full continuity in Jesus Christ. He grasps – and helps us finally understand – why and how an early community of Jews who worshiped the God of the Old Testament saw in Jesus that same God at work in the same way. No Christian theology can avoid the question that is here taken up so directly: What does the Old Testament have to do with Jesus? Whoever thinks that question really does matter will want to read what Holmgren has to say about it."
—Patrick D. Miller Princeton Theological Seminary

"Serious and honest Jewish-Christian dialogue has always been a dire necessity. Tragically neglected by Christians (with fatal consequences for millions of Jews), it is gaining force today. Holmgren proves to be an outstanding partner in this debate. He most sensitively discusses the transparency of the Old Testament toward the 'New' as well as the necessary light the New Testament receives from the 'Old.' Holmgren's strongest point, perhaps, is to accept the fact that different communities of faith do interpret their own experiences of God's actions in the light of the original Hebrew Scripture. But in taking this stand, he still firmly maintains his own Christian identity."
—Erhard S. Gerstenberger University of Marburg

"Holmgren has given much of his career to listening to the voices of those whom the church too easily ignores. In particular, the wisdom of Judaism's believing communities enriches his biblical scholarship – and now ours."
—Robert K. Johnston Fuller Theological Seminary


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Forward, by Dr. Walter Brueggemann


1. The Prophetic Denunciation of Israel
2. Finding Jesus in the Depth of the Old Testament
3. "And It Was Fulfilled"
4. Jesus and the Sinai Covenant
5. Israel ad the "New Covenant" in Jeremiah 31:31-34
6. Jesus and the "New Covenant" in Jeremiah 31:31-34
7. The New Testament Proclamation of Jesus
8. The Old Testament and the "New" in Jesus
9. Jesus: Human and Divine
10. Final Reflection

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Index of Scripture References

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