God's Messiah in the Old Testament

Expectations of a Coming King

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Two respected Old Testament scholars offer a fresh, comprehensive treatment of the Messiah theme throughout the entire Old Testament and examine its relevance for New Testament interpretation. Addressing a topic of perennial interest and foundational significance, this book explores what the Old Testament actually says about the Messiah, divine kingship, and the kingdom of God. It also offers a nuanced understanding of how New Testament authors make use of Old Testament messianic texts in explaining who Jesus is and what he came to do.

1. The Seed, the Star, and the Template in the Pentateuch
2. The Need for a King in Judges
3. The Book of Ruth and the House of David
4. The Heart of Kingship in 1-2 Samuel
5. Failure and the Royal Ideal in 1-2 Kings
6. Royal Messianic Expectations in Isaiah
7. The Death and Rebirth of Kingship in Jeremiah
8. The Prince Forecast in Ezekiel
9. Kingship for a United Nation in Hosea
10. David's Booth in Amos
11. Davidic Rule in Micah
12. The Sprout, the Divine Shepherd, and the Messenger in Zechariah and Malachi
13. The Portrait of David in the Psalter
14. Where Is David in the Book of Daniel?
15. Kingship and the Temple in 1-2 Chronicles
16. Looking Forward to the New Testament


"Jesus is the Messiah, the Christ, the King. So what happens when you look back into the Old Testament for passages that might foreshadow him? If you wonder about the kind of passages that could have fed into an understanding of Jesus as King, then this book will examine them for you and with you."

John Goldingay, professor of Old Testament, Fuller Theological Seminary

"With care and patience, Abernethy and Goswell trace the royal messianic theme through the Old Testament to its reception in the New. The picture that emerges is like a mosaic that is best appreciated when we see it as a whole, because it shows the richness of the Old Testament's witness to this theme. This book will be essential for anyone interested in messianic hope in Scripture."

David G. Firth, Trinity College Bristol

The Authors

  1. Andrew T. Abernethy

    Andrew T. Abernethy

    Andrew T. Abernethy (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is associate professor of Old Testament and degree coordinator of the MA in Biblical Exegesis at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois.

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  2. Gregory Goswell
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    Gregory Goswell

    Gregory Goswell (PhD, University of Sydney) is academic dean and lecturer in Old Testament at Christ College, Sydney, Australia.

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