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A House for My Name: A Survey of the Old Testament

(9 reviews)

Peter Leithart

Media: Audiobook

The best stories subtly weave themes and characters and symbols into a stunning final tapestry. In this Canon Press bestseller, Leithart shows that the Bible is the best story.

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For many Christians, sadly, the Old Testament is merely a jumble of moralistic stories and weird rituals, genealogies, and historical chronicles. What is the point of it all, and what does it have to do with Jesus?

In this short and readable book, Leithart gives a sweeping overview of the Bible, its stories, and the patterns and symbols that recur throughout it, highlighting the ways many of the little stories look forward to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Himself.

Although the book is lots of fun, the lessons it teaches are far from trivial. The Gospels say again and again Jesus is the fulfillment of the Old Testament. Christians need to learn to read the Old Testament the way Jesus and the Apostles read it, so that we can delight in the word of God and encounter Him in its stories. This book can be read easily by high school students and includes review questions for anyone who wants to use it in their curriculum. However, it will also give anyone familiar with Scripture much to think about. "And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself" (Lk 24:27).

For a book with answers to the discussion questions, click here.

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What People Are Saying:

"One of the most important lessons any Christian reader of the Old Testament must learn in order to truly understand its message is its connection to the New Testament. Jesus himself said that the whole Old Testament looked forward to his coming suffering and glorification (Luke 24:25-27, 44-48), but it is surprising how many ignore this crucial principle of interpretation. Peter Leithart has written A House for My Name with that lesson in mind. He not only gives us a first-class introduction to the Old Testament in the context of its own time, but he also shows how all the Scriptures point to the ultimate object of our faith Jesus Christ. I strongly recommend this book." -Tremper Longman III, author of Making Sense of the Old Testament

"This Old Testament survey effectively calls evangelicals to repent of their rejection of 'externals' such as rituals, ceremonies and institutions. It contends that the typical evangelical view of the Old Testament is eerily similar to that of old-time liberalism, even though evangelicalism has always defined itself in opposition to such perspectives." -The Dallas Morning News

"Families can deepen their understanding of the beauty and connectedness of God's story of His covenantal relationship with His people." -The Presbyterian Witness

"So many evangelicals don’t know what to do with the Old Testament, and they’re missing out on so much!" -Alastair Roberts, author of Echoes in Exodus

"A great introduction to Old Testament Biblical Theology." -Steven Wedgeworth

Peter Leithart (PhD, Cambridge) is President of Theopolis Institute in Birmingham, Alabama and an Adjunct Senior Fellow at New Saint Andrews College in Moscow, Idaho. He is the author of numerous books on theology and literature, including The Baptized Body, Against Christianity, Brightest Heaven of Invention, and Ascent to Love. He has also authored articles in journals such as Pro Ecclesia, Journal of Biblical Literature, Westminster Theological Journal, and First Things. Peter and his wife Noel have ten children and a fetching collection of grandchildren.

AUTHOR: Peter J. Leithart

PAGE COUNT: 304 pages

SIZE: 5.50x8.50"

ISBN 10: 1885767692

ISBN-13: 9781885767691

PUB. DATE: June 20, 2000

Customer Reviews

Based on 9 reviews
Rich and Thorough

We are slowly working our way through this volume, chewing on the concepts and taking adequate time for discussion. We are using it this year in place of our typical catechism (it very easily allows for catechetical use) and we are gaining so much in our reading! I had initially started listening on the app; however I quickly decided this was one I needed to work through with my sons (12 and 10).

Carson Wood
Life-Changing OT Guide

This book has truly changed how I read the Old Testament and has given it a new and profound richness. Leithart's writing is superb and the structure of the book lends itself incredibly well to a bible study or Sunday school format.

James Denard
Seeing the Old Testament Through New Eyes

This is an excellent read, and one I can recommend to anyone who wishes to understand the Old Testament further. There are many Bible surveys out there but so far I’ve found Dr. Leithart’s work here to be the most cohesive and compelling in bringing together the grand narrative of the OT.

J Emmel
Must Read

Great book full of essential insights into the overarching storyline of Scripture.

Jacob Clere

What a fantastic book, very insightful and easy to read! Sometimes the wording gets distracting, but otherwise highly recommend for all to read!