Title: Jesus on Every Page: 10 Simple Ways to Seek and Find Christ in the Old Testament
Author: David Murray
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
I had the opportunity to review Dr. David Murray’s new book, “Jesus on Every Page: 10 Simple Ways to Seek and Find Christ in the Old Testament”. Overall, I think it is a great book for helping the average Christian understand that Christ is the focal point of all of Scripture, not just the New Testament. This is a problem that plagues much of evangelicalism, and even some in reformed circles; however, Dr. Murray helps us to understand the importance and necessity of finding Christ, even in obscure Old Testament texts.
This established, I found it strange that he took so much time “refuting” the idea of republication in the Mosaic covenant. As an open-minded republicationist, my main problem with his approach is that he didn’t make any substantial exegetical argument to prove the lack of the republication of the covenant of works in the Mosaic covenant. My only other complaints are editorial, or on the publication end of things. First, the endnotes should have been footnotes, it would have been much easier to reference them. Secondly, there were far too many subheadings throughout the chapters for my liking, and at times there was only a single sentence or paragraph between them. Lastly, I’ve still yet to receive my physical copy of the book; were it not for the PDF that Dr. Murray sent me, I wouldn’t be writing this review.
All that aside, I think the best parts of the book were when Dr. Murray went through the various OT genres (history, covenants, law, prophecy, poetry, etc.) to explain how to look for and where to find Christ. Further, the book is very readable, even sharing Dr. Murray’s own personal struggles in this area over the years; such honesty is encouraging for those of us who struggle with these issues in our own lives.
Overall, this book is a wonderful tool for guiding the reader to find Christ throughout Scripture. It could be a great resource for small groups, and Bible studies. I would highly recommend it.