As regular readers of this blog know, one of my passions is studying how the New Testament authors use the Old Testament. I even wrote my dissertation on the subject (sadly, it’s outrageously expensive: see here). In addition to working under my Ph.D mentor Doug Moo, I had the privilege of interacting with G.K. Beale. Sitting through his doctoral seminar on the Use of the NT in the OT was one of the highlights of my time at Wheaton.
So I am delighted that he has finally taken the methodology he taught in that course and published it in a short, accessible book. As the co-editor (along with D. A. Carson) of the Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament, he had given a brief summary of his approach. Now in this separate volume Beale has expanded that into a short handbook: Handbook on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament. This book is now the go-to resource for the study of the NT Use of the OT, and yet is accessible for the well-read layperson. It is now required reading for my New Testament Theology course here at Grace, and I highly recommend it for any who are interested in this subject.