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April 1982 · Vol. 11 No. 2 · p. 3 

In This Issue: The Old Testament in the Church

Allen R. Guenther

This issue centers in the Old Testament. Keith Poysti examines the pre-exilic prophetic books to determine what criteria Israel used as tests for authentic prophecy. He shows that there was no single rule of thumb which could be applied to distinguish the true from the false. His conclusions are helpful for the church in separating the many spurious from the genuine prophecies which are given to us by self-styled or true prophets today.

Donn Rojeski explores the book of Jonah for its contemporary message. He penetrates past the concerns of miracle and date, which preoccupy many expositors, to search out the nature of God and his redemptive purposes.

While the historical literature is barren ground or the basis of intense debate for most readers of the Old Testament, Allen Guenther suggests that need not be so. Parallel records (Kings-Chronicles) should not be read as a single harmonized account, as though the biblical writers had not completed their job, but should be read for their distinctive messages.

And how does one use the Old Testament more effectively in communicating the truth of God? That is the issue which gives rise to Elmer Martens’ bibliographic essay on preaching from the Old Testament.

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