The Prophets and the Apostolic Witness: Reading Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel as Christian Scripture, Edited by Andrew T. Abernethy and William R. Osborne and Paul D. Wegner alt

The Prophets and the Apostolic Witness

Reading Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel as Christian Scripture

Edited by Andrew T. Abernethy, William R. Osborne, and Paul D. Wegner
Contributions by Nicholas G. Piotrowski, Mark S. Gignilliat, John N. Oswalt, Dana M. Harris, Gary E. Yates, Lissa M. Wray Beal, Andrew G. Shead, Philip Graham Ryken, Alicia R. Jackson, John W. Hilber, Iain M. Duguid, and Daniel I. Block

The Prophets and the Apostolic Witness
  • Length: 352 pages
  • Published: October 17, 2023
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: A0059
  • ISBN: 9781514000595

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How should Christians read prophetic literature? Questions abound both in the academy and the church as to how to engage the prophets, particularly in light of the New Testament. The Gospel writers and the church fathers all read and appealed to the Old Testament, but are we as modern-day readers supposed to take the same approach? The Prophets and the Apostolic Witness is a dialogue among scholars that identifies the interpretive methods used throughout history while also charting a constructive way forward for our own approach to reading the Major Prophets.

This comprehensive volume brings together experts on Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel to illuminate the following topics:

  • How the Apostles Read the Major Prophets as Christian Scripture
  • Limits on Reading the Major Prophets as Christian Scripture
  • Reading the Major Prophets in the Footsteps of the Apostles
  • The History of Interpretation of the Major Prophets as Christian Scripture
  • Preaching the Major Prophets as Christian Scripture

This collaborative endeavor offers fresh and helpful insights to scholars, students, and pastors alike as they engage with the text of the Major Prophets.

"The Prophets and the Apostolic Witness is a real treat of a book. It wrestles in healthy dialogue with the content and relevance of Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel. It examines questions about how they work canonically as well. The book shows we should not ignore these prophetic voices, and it makes us think carefully about how to do that well."

Darrell Bock, senior research professor of New Testament studies at Dallas Theological Seminary

"The Prophets and the Apostolic Witness is an outstanding book and is extremely helpful for Christians seeking to interpret and apply the Old Testament Prophets. The editors have assembled many of the top scholars in this field (most of whom preach this material as well), each bringing expertise and insight into the issue of Christian interpretation of the Prophets and engaging not only with the prophetic text but also with the use of the Prophets in the New Testament and in the early church. This is a great book and I recommend it wholeheartedly."

J. Daniel Hays, Ouachita Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

"This volume provides a delightful overview of ways Old Testament and New Testament scholars engage the issue of how to interpret the Major Prophets, especially in light of how the apostles handled those texts. Each author writes with clarity and fairly interacts with their conversation partners. In this one volume, readers can enjoy exposure to different views on key interpretive questions."

Michael A. Grisanti, distinguished research professor of Old Testament at The Master's Seminary

"These essays offer a range of answers to a foundational question of biblical hermeneutics: How are the apostles reading their Bible, and ought we to follow suit? Here readers have the privilege of listening in as thoughtful exegetes formulate their answer to this timeless question in conversation with others who disagree. The result is both enlightening and useful. Readers will gain not only an understanding of the complexity of the hermeneutical question but also a greater appreciation for the fundamental theological truths that draw the volume's contributors together."

Michelle Knight, associate professor of Old Testament and Semitic languages at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

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Andrew T. Abernethy


1. How the Apostles Read Isaiah as Christian Scripture
Nicholas G. Piotrowski

2. We Are Not Apostles: Another Way of Reading Isaiah
Paul D. Wegner

3. Emulating the Apostles: Reading Isaiah as Christian Scripture in the Footsteps of the Apostles
Andrew T. Abernethy

4. The History of Interpreting Isaiah as Christian Scripture: A Selection
Mark S. Gignilliat

5. Preaching Isaiah as Christian Scripture
John N. Oswalt

6. How the Apostles Read Jeremiah as Christian Scripture
Dana M. Harris

7. We Are Not Apostles: Limits on Reading Jeremiah Like the Apostles
Gary E. Yates

8. Emulating the Apostles: Reading Jeremiah as Christian Scripture in the Footsteps of the Apostles
Lissa M. Wray Beal

9. The History of Interpreting Jeremiah as Christian Scripture: Patristic Interpretation and Its Modern Legacy
Andrew G. Shead

10. Preaching Jeremiah as Christian Scripture
Philip Ryken

11. How the Apostles Read Ezekiel as Christian Scripture
Alicia R. Jackson

12. We Are Not Apostles: Limits on Reading Ezekiel as Christian Scripture
John W. Hilber

13. Emulating the Apostles: Reading Ezekiel as Christian Scripture in the Footsteps of the Apostles
William R. Osborne

14. The History of Interpreting Ezekiel as Christian Scripture
Iain M. Duguid

15. Preaching Ezekiel as Christian Scripture with Focus on Ezekiel 37:1-14
Daniel I. Block

William R. Osborne

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