18 Brilliant Biblical Studies Works—for Less Than the Price of 10

When you have a focused picture, it’s so much easier to connect the dots and put together the puzzle. 

The Gospel according to the Old Testament Series provides that focus in its 18 volumes (now 40% off, just over $6 apiece). The biblical studies series shows how all Old Testament doctrine and drama is about Christ, even when he’s not on stage. It shows how the Old Testament finds its fulfillment in the gospel of Jesus Christ—not just in occasional messianic prophecies, but in the OT’s essential message. 

This biblical studies series does something else, too—it reframes each book to make it startlingly applicable to what we face today. Each title begins with a descriptor sounding like it was written just for 2020:

  • Faith in the Face of Apostasy
  • From Famine to Fullness
  • Hope in the Midst of a Hostile World
  • Right in Their Own Eyes
  • Living in the Gap between Promise and Reality
  • Longing for God in an Age of Discouragement

As D. A. Carson puts it:

One of the most urgent needs of the Church is to grasp how the many parts of the Bible fit together to make one “story line” that culminates in Jesus Christ. This series of books goes a long way to meeting that need. Written at a thoughtful but popular level, it deserves wide circulation.

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Here’s an excerpt adapted from the preface of Hope in the Midst of a Hostile World: The Gospel according to Daniel, a memorable illustration of how we can remember the King still rules his kingdom even in the most unexpected and tragic times.

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My Daniel course met on September 12, 2001, a day after terrorists brought down the World Trade Center, killing about three thousand people. Like everyone else in the country, the students were in shock, trying to make sense of the unthinkable. . . . One student asked, “How can people do such things and think they are acting for God?” On his face was confusion, and he looked to me at the front of the class for an answer.

I began to talk about the book of Daniel. We remember seeing the towers collapse—think of how the Jews felt watching their temple burn and fall to the ground. Their people were killed too, all in the name of Marduk the god of Babylon. The way we Americans felt on that black day echoes the dark and terrible backdrop of the book of Daniel. Daniel himself was a man confused by his sickening visions, living among a people whose wisdom failed them and who could not discern the signs of the times. 

It is not a lighthearted book useful for cheerfully padding one’s eschatological schema. It is a book for confused sufferers who need perspective and solid theological grounding. This characterized the Jews in exile while God’s temple lay in ruins. And this characterizes modern-day readers, who read Daniel for hope and comfort when the world seems to crumble and fall around them.

Jesus is the King of kings, the Son of Man who receives the kingdom. He is the one figure who stands in the place of the saints and whose fate is bound up with theirs. History will be full of rises and falls, terrible wars and rumors of wars, terrorists who target civilians. The people of God groan in this evil world, awaiting their final vindication. It is through this vision of confident hope, in the crucible of the real world, that Christians find Jesus. Not only there, but in the unfolding tragic history of the world, Jesus remains the King over all.1

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Get Hope in the Midst of a Hostile World: The Gospel according to Daniel and the rest of the five-star 18-volume biblical studies series for 40% off now, before the top picks sale ends on March 31.

 

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  1. George M. Schwab, Hope in the Midst of a Hostile World: The Gospel according to Daniel (Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing), xi.