Martin Luther once noted that in numerous passages throughout the Old Testament, it’s appropriate to “interpret the name Yahweh to refer to our Lord Jesus Christ.” How can this insight change the way we read and interpret a book like Genesis? On this episode Shane Rosenthal continues his conversation with Dr. Thomas Egger, president of Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, and together they discuss how so many of the themes introduced in the Bible’s first book are ultimately resolved in the person and work of Jesus Christ.
The theology of God’s weakness and his lowliness as revealed in the person and work of Jesus Christ—particularly in his willingness to suffer and lay down his life for his people—is one of the greatest mysteries of Scripture. That God would give up his throne and take upon himself the shame of his rebellious creatures is utterly astounding. And yet, it is through this act of humility and self-sacrifice that he wins eternal fame and glory, and brings us life and everlasting peace.Thomas Egger
According to Plan: The Unfolding Revelation of God in the Bible
Author: Graeme Goldsworthy
The massive diversity and complexity of the Bible can make it a daunting project for anyone to tackle. Getting a grasp on the unity of the Bible, its central message from Genesis to Revelation, helps immensely in understanding the meaning of any one book or passage. That is the goal of this book by Graeme Goldsworthy. How do the Old and New Testaments fit together? What is the point of biblical theology? What is the overall story of the Bible?
Is God a Moral Monster? Making Sense of the Old Testament God
Author: Paul Copan
A recent string of popular-level books written by the New Atheists have leveled the accusation that the God of the Old Testament is nothing but a bully, a murderer, and a cosmic child abuser. This viewpoint is even making inroads into the church. How are Christians to respond to such accusations? And how are we to reconcile the seemingly disconnected natures of God portrayed in the two testaments?