Is the Old Testament, the Bible of the apostles, relevant to Christians today, or is it just “old law”? In the book, Christian Faith in the Old Testament: The Bible of the Apostles, author Gareth Lee Cockerill explains how the wisdom found in each book of the Old Testament can easily be applied to Christians’ lives today. As more than just a code of law or collection of amazing tales, Cockerill shows readers how the Old Testament reveals the awesomeness of our Heavenly Father, points us in the direction in which we as Christians should live, and paves the way for the arrival of our savior, Jesus Christ. In other words, understanding the Old Testament is not only relevant to modern Christians – it is essential.
This book was an interesting and enjoyable read. Though it is not something I would consider a light read, the book is written in style that is very clear and easy to understand. You definitely don’t have to be a Bible scholar to benefit from it. I think there is often a tendency for Christians today to almost disregard the significance and applicability of the Old Testament to our daily lives. This book can help counter that thinking, as it clearly explains how the New Testament is a fulfillment and a continuation of the Old Testament. I think this book would serve as a great resource for illustrating how the Old Testament, the Bible that fueled the faith of the apostles, can also help us have a deeper understanding of the Scriptures as a whole today.
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