Message of Leviticus, The: Free to Be Holy (Bible Speaks Today Series)
Free to be Holy An excellent exposition of an important Old Testament book. For many Christians, the Old Testament book of Leviticus tends to be largely unknown and unread. However, the Christian gospel - which presumes a knowledge...
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Free to be Holy
An excellent exposition of an important Old Testament book.
For many Christians, the Old Testament book of Leviticus tends to be largely unknown and unread. However, the Christian gospel - which presumes a knowledge of sacrifice and atonement, of law and grace, of sin and obedience, of defilement and cleansing, and of priesthood and temple curtains - makes little sense without the background it provides.
Derek Tidball believes that Leviticus is of foundational importance for our understanding of God, the gospel and Christian living, and that it needs to be taught and preached to congregations today. It even has much to say about the creation of healthy societies. In this excellent exposition, he shows how Leviticus serves as a preliminary sketch of the masterpiece that was to be unveiled in Christ, and unfolds its testimony to a faith not of law but of grace, not of duty but of love, not of drudgery but of gratitude - and to God's people set free to be holy. 336 pages, from IVP.
For most Christians today, there is no message of Leviticus, for Leviticus goes unread. Yet Leviticus was the first priority in Jewish instruction of the law of Moses. Jesus and his hearers knew Leviticus well and took its teachings to heart. The documentary hypothesis that reigned supreme over Pentateuchal studies for most of the twentieth century undercut the internal coherence of Leviticus that swayed the Jews of the New Testament period, speculating that rather than originating with Moses, Leviticus was the nostalgic revisionist history of Judaic reformers in exile. But more recently, such theories have fallen from favor, and Leviticus is being reconsidered for its historical representation of the ancient and foundational era of the Jews. Derek Tidball explores the picture in Leviticus of Israel being brought together under the law of Moses. Here is a definitive presentation of what life as the people of God was to be like: the civic, cultic, religious, moral, legal, family and ritual expectations of the covenant community. In accessible prose, Tidball reveals the message brought to the Jews by Leviticus in their day, making room for us to grasp its message to us in our day.
Derek Tidball is Visiting Scholar at Spurgeon's College, London. Previously, he served as Principal of the London School of Theology, as pastor of two Baptist Churches, as a tutor at London School of Theology, and as head of the mission department of the Baptist Union. Currently he is Vice-President of the Evangelical Alliance and Visiting Scholar at Spurgeon's College. He is the author of numerous books including Skilful Shepherds: An Introduction to Pastoral Theology (Apollos), Builders and Fools: Images of Pastoral Ministry in Paul (IVP), and The Message of Leviticus ((The Bible Speaks Today series) and The Message of the Cross, and most recently Ministry by the Book
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