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

A House for My Name A Survey of the Old Testament The best stories subtly weaves themes and characters and symbols into a stunning final tapestry This Old Testament survey written for family and classroom reading reveals the rich weave that makes S

  • Title: A House for My Name: A Survey of the Old Testament
  • Author: Peter J. Leithart
  • ISBN: 9781885767691
  • Page: 288
  • Format: Paperback
  • The best stories subtly weaves themes and characters and symbols into a stunning final tapestry This Old Testament survey, written for family and classroom reading, reveals the rich weave that makes Scripture the Story of stories.

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    1. As always, Peter Leithart has written an excellent book, one that shows you both the "woof" and the "warp" of scripture. It seems often we view scripture in one-dimensional Bible story form, but rarely compare across the entire span of Biblical scripture. Leithart shows how this view can show you amazing truths. Have you ever thought how many times you see women at wells? Think of Rebecca, Isaac's wife. Think of the daughters of Midian when Moses came to their rescue. Think of the Samaritan woma [...]

    2. What an amazing book. Okay, okay, that thar last chapter definitely has some unhelpful ecclesial implications, but man this book is amazing. I have revisited the themes in this book and read through the Bible with those themes in mind. It's simply amazing. Even this time there were things I noticed that I didn't get before: the "revival" among the Jews in the later epistles, the covenantal change of guard in John, Abraham and Joshua's "conquests" of Canaan, Elijah and Elisha literally following [...]

    3. The best OT survey that I've come across. Leithart tells the story of the OT as it climaxes in Christ. This book might change how you read the Bible, for the better. I didn't agree with every connection he made, but I am very sympathetic to his approach. I will definitely be recommending this to others! In fact, I'm doing that right now.

    4. Leithart presents a thoughtful analysis of the Bible as a chronology of God building a house for Himself amongst His people. The form this house takes changes through the centuries, growing in scope despite the rebelliousness of the Hebrew people. The various exodus's, judgement's and restorations are God's way of showing them who is the real God, who is in charge of their affairs. In whose "home" should they place their faith.The New Testament is the finale of God's work at building His house, [...]

    5. I read this book years ago ago, but I just now finished working through it with my kids. It's a great book for getting people thinking typologically about the Old Testament.------------------Last read in January 2005.

    6. Peter Leithart has written a magnificent survey of the Old Testament that explores the typology and symbolism in the Bible that most contemporary theologians don't seem to grasp. There is a fundamental gap in the way the modern church interprets the Bible--specifically the Old Testament. Most modern interpreters have a very one dimensional, or flat reading of the Old Testament specifically, that makes the Old Testament difficult to understand, and difficult to engage.These modern interpreters do [...]

    7. Leithart's book was written as a resource for families to be used in their devotion times to tell the story of the OT and is equipped with study questions at the end of each chapter. But, don't underestimate the value of this resource just because it was written primarily as a devotional. I found the book to be refreshing and quite enlightening in tying together various themes and patterns of the OT. I'll have to admit that some of his typologies gave me pause for concern as to their veracity bu [...]

    8. Very good introduction to and overview of the story of the Old Testament. Also, doesn't end with the OT but shows how the story continues in the New Testament as part of the same story rather than a new or different story. Highly recommended.

    9. Excellent survey of the OT organized around the motif of the LORD building his house. Consistently Biblical with an emphasis on the unity of God's story.

    10. Fundamentalist is a term loaded with so much baggage and craziness that I generally run from it, though there are those who’d certainly want to label me with it.Now here’s what really bothers me. While many people despise Christian fundamentalists, these same people insist on reading the Bible in only one way, the way a bad fundamentalist would read it--that is, in only the most thoughtless, uninformed, and knee-jerk manner possible. And Leithart’s book is an almost ideal corrective for th [...]

    11. This book highlighted a lot of themes and imagery that are used throughout the Bible which were interesting to read about but I was not a fan of Leithart’s writing style. It is circular at times and he jumps around without necessarily giving segues. I found a lot of the time he left me without explanation for what led him to the points he was making, so I couldn’t be sure if I agreed with him or not.

    12. A bit slow to get going, and didn't hugely see the relevance of a lot that was discussed in the first few chapters Genesis. But I greatly appreciated the level of detail in the second half of the book - everything from Samuel onwards. To get the most out of it, definitely answer all the questions in the review sections.

    13. Mr Leithart is, as ever, trying to invent clever new theology rather than obeying the established good sound theology that we have had since the reformation. Beware this man is heretical in many areas.

    14. Fabulous redemptive-historical survey of the Old Testament. A great resource dealing with typology. Highly recommended for those that want to discover how to read the bible as one inspired unit.

    15. This is a sample of the full review: wp/p3JhRp-8Mspoiledmilks.wordpress/2014/01/31**RecommendedYes. I've enjoyed other books I've had to review, but this was by far my favorite (as of the this writing). Leithart intends this book to be read in a family devotional setting, and writes like it too! The Old Testament, as a whole, is a story. Each book is it’s own story, but each book relates and builds on other books. **Super SeedsHas Christian theology “superseded” the OT theology, causing us [...]

    16. I've only read one survey of the OT before by Gleason Archer. Archer's book is very much a college level textbook going through each book with an introduction, critique of various approaches, and discussion. As I remember, it was filled with scholarly arcana and immense erudition of Near Eastern languages and literature. Leithart's book was entirely different. It's less a textbook than a study of Old Testament typology that looks to Christ for its true fulfillment. One way to describe this would [...]

    17. This is a very good book. As the first of it's kind, however, I'm sure it will be replaced, someday, but who knows when? It's kind is the sort of post-Elitist, typology grappling, big picture genre. This side of the Enlightenment, we have thrown out the Church Fathers and their "allegorical" interpretation of the OT. While we cannot restore such reading wholesale -- as if the last 500 years hadn't happened -- we can re-appropriate that material and see the benefit of it again.I would use this bo [...]

    18. So much modern exegesis of the Old Testament concentrates merely upon the meaning of each word and the detail of the stories. To get more than this for preaching we often propound a few doctrines and draw some moral lessons from the passage. Leithart wants to add to all this by showing us how God tells stories, how he builds in repeated symbolism and enlightening structures. As a result we have no need for mere moralising and can become enriched by the glorious themes and patterns and types; bei [...]

    19. Peter Leithart has written a wonderful survey of the Old Testament. He ignores the suject-matter of most surveys (authorship, sources, dates) to focus on the overarching metanarrative of the Old Testament and how those OT stories and figures ultimately point to Christ.A very simply written book, although requiring much careful consideration from those readers who desire to grasp the greater whole that the individual parts of the individual books of the Bible point to. To do this, I am finding on [...]

    20. Leithart gives an excellent overview of the Old Testament and it's relationship to the New. He is especially skilled at pointing out OT types and themes that reappear in the NT. Unfortunately, this book isn't the most readable. It comes across as something more like a compilation of Bible Study notes than a book. For a more readable, albeit less detailed, book like this, see Williams' "Far as the Curse is Found." Also, in a few spots I think Leithart stretches some parallels. Overall, though, I [...]

    21. This is the best survey of the Old Testament I have come across. It presents the Bible as a book that tells one story, and shows how the story makes sense through the various writers. I never saw how many times serpents getting their heads crushed in ran through the whole Bible! This book makes the Bible even more exciting than it was before, and shows how brilliantly organized the whole thing is. This is how to convince people of the authenticity of the Scriptures. The internal testimony is und [...]

    22. An exceptional intro and overview to the Old Testament. Great not only for its attention to the biblical narrative (including less known parts), but also for its distinctly Christian and typological approach. The book itself serves as an excellent introduction to how to read the Bible. With short sections tailed with review questions and conversation questions, this is an excellent resource for Bible studies, Sunday school, or family worship.

    23. I wish I'd been introduced to this book sooner. Not one page is wasted. It is beautiful, rich, fascinating soul-food, and it has helped me understand the story of the OT better than any other introduction I've encountered.I'll be returning to this regularly. Leithart is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors.

    24. This book will transform your understanding of the Bible, the Christian Faith and literature in general all at the same time. For sure you will never read your Bible the same again. Simply superb. I can't recommend it enough. I've used it as the basis for Bible class material for adults and even for high school kids.

    25. This book blew my mind more than any other I read this year. This was an OT overview that is unlike anything you have ever read before. He shows all sorts of pictures and connections from older OT stories to later ones. He pulls out some things I have never read anyone ever say before that demonstrated this man read his OT over and over and over again.

    26. Leithart's book, along with J. Jordan's work, ought to be used to shape an elementary history/Bible curriculum, so that is what we are doing. I would love to know if anyone else is working on something like this.

    27. One of the best preparations for understanding the NT in light of the OT.Seeing themes and patterns, language structures and idioms of Hebrew helps a ton in knowing Scripture.This is a Good Read!

    28. One of the best books I have read ever ever. I've often recommended Leithart's Deep Exegesis which presents a fuller hermeneutic of scripture, but this is a much better place to start. Highly accessible to any level of Biblical familiarity.

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