“’Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?’ And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.” (Luke 24:26–27, NIV)

GAOT nb Back in the early nineties, I remember sitting in a seminary class where I made a comment about the above passage, “I wish I had a recording of that entire discussion.” The professor said that while we obviously don’t have a recording of Jesus’ original exposition of the Old Testament (the entirety of the Scriptures at the time), we do have the testimony of the New Testament writers who regularly interacted with the Old Testament to explain how they foretold the coming of the Messiah. This is true, but I still wish I had that recording!

Released today for the Accordance Library, The Gospel According to the Old Testament series (18 volumes) from P&R Publishing, began with an unfinished book by the late Raymond Dillard (d. 1993). Tremper Longman III and J. Alan Groves lightly edited a finished draft of what would become Faith in the Face of Apostasy: The Gospel According to Elijah and Elisha (1999) and launched the series The Gospel According to the Old Testament (GAOT). Iain M. Duguid is the current editor.

GAOT has three aims:

  • to lay out the pervasiveness of the revelation of Christ in the Old Testament
  • to promote a Christ-centered reading of the Old Testament
  • to encourage Christ-centered preaching and teaching from the Old Testament
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Each volume is an individual Old Testament Christology covering a theme and/or individual of the Hebrew Scriptures. The series is not aimed at scholars, but rather at pastors and laypeople. Some volumes treat a biblical chapter at a time and are thus more expositional, while others present a more thematic approach to the study. Although the writers do occasionally interact with the original languages, Hebrew and Greek words are transliterated, making these discussions accessible to a wider audience.

GAOT Eden iPhone Accordance users can obtain The Gospel According to the Old Testament series as a bundle of 18 individual volumes. The listing of the titles below includes links to a handful of reviews and a supplement available to Accordance users who own the Theological Journal Library.

  • Raymond B. Dillard, Faith in the Face of Apostasy: The Gospel According to Elijah & Elisha (1999)
  • Tremper Longman III, Immanuel in Our Place: Seeing Christ in Israel’s Worship (2001)
    Reviews: FM, JETS
  • Bryan D. Estelle, Salvation through Judgment and Mercy: The Gospel According to Jonah (2005)
  • George M. Schwab, Hope in the Midst of a Hostile World: The Gospel According to Daniel (2006)
  • Mark J. Boda, After God’s Own Heart: The Gospel According to David (2007)
  • Dean R. Ulrich, From Famine to Fullness: The Gospel According to Ruth (2007)
  • David R. Jackson, Crying Out for Vindication: The Gospel According to Job (2007)
    Supplement: WTJ
  • Michael P. V. Barrett, Love Divine and Unfailing: The Gospel According to Hosea (2008)
  • Bryan R. Gregory, Longing for God in an Age of Discouragement: The Gospel According to Zechariah (2010)
  • George M. Schwab, Right in Their Own Eyes: The Gospel According to the Book of Judges (2011)
  • Iain M. Duguid and Matthew P. Harmon, Living in the Light of Inextinguishable Hope: The Gospel According to Joseph (2013)
  • Zack Eswine, Recovering Eden: The Gospel According to Ecclesiastes (2014)
  • Bryan R. Gregory, Inconspicuous Providence: The Gospel According to Esther (2014)
  • Iain M. Duguid, Living in the Gap Between Promise and Reality: The Gospel According to Abraham (2014, 2nd ed.)
    Review: RAR [1st ed.]
  • Anthony T. Selvaggio, From Bondage to Liberty: The Gospel According to Moses (2014)
  • Mark Belz, A Journey to Wholeness: The Gospel According to Naaman’s Slave Girl (2015)
  • Gregory D. Cook, Severe Compassion: The Gospel According to Nahum (2016)

For even more information, see this article.

The Gospel According to the Old Testament (18 Volumes)
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** Individual volumes are also available. See this article for a full listing.