The New Testament Use of the Old: What Were the New Testament Authors Up To?

Speaker(s): Rikk Watts
Date: May 25 - June 5, 2009
Length: 18:42:34
Product ID: RGDL3918S

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Few matters are the subject of such impassioned and wide-ranging debate as the question of how the NT authors interpret the OT, particularly in the light of Jesus and his gospel. Questions abound: What, if at all, is the role of the OT context? How do we explain the significant variations between the OT text and its supposed quotation in the NT? How can a text that was not even considered a prophecy be "fulfilled?" Are the NT authors reliable or do they use methods that no modern Bible reader could accept? In this class we will review the modern debate, look at the interpretative approaches available to first-century authors, examine particular instances of how the NT uses the OT and conclude with a proposal as to how this all makes sense in the contexts of the first-century world and ours. Lectures include:

  • Prolegomena: Use of the Old Testament in the New Testament (with outcomes) (4 Lectures)
  • Method; The Gospel with a Warning
  • The Sower and the Heart-Revealing Seed
  • Light of the World; Rebuilding David's Fallen Tent
  • The Enigmatic Son of Man
  • Romans 9; Final Thoughts: Towards a New Testament Hermeneutic
  • The Revelation - By Gordon Fee

Note: The quality of the final lecture is below average.

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Rikk E. Watts is Professor of New Testament at Regent College. Previously, he served as an instructor at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Wycliffe Hall at Oxford University, La Trobe University, and the Bible College of Victoria (now the Melbourne School of Theology). He is author of Isaiah's New Exodus in Mark, as well as a founding member of On Being, an Australian Christian magazine.

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