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96 pages
Jun 2008
Crossway Books

On the Old Testament (A Book You'll Actually Read)

by Mark Driscoll

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Mark Driscoll, pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington, has put together a unique series of books. This series is called “A Book You’ll Actually Read.” The intention of this series is obviously in the title. Driscoll’s hope is to put a summary of each of these topics into a readable and digestible form in order for the reader to complete the book in one sitting (an hour?).

I read “On The Old Testament.” I really appreciated Driscoll’s clarity, conciseness and excellence. In the books on the New and Old Testaments he starts out answering 9 “common questions” regarding each Testament. Such questions involve: authorship, trustworthiness, canonicity, etc. Driscoll then covers another section on how to read the various books of the Bible highlighting the different types of literature (history, wisdom, Gospels, Epistles, etc.). Lastly, he concludes both of these books with a very helpful section on “How to Build a Theological Library.” The books he lists in these sections are all solid and worth having in any home or church library.

This series is a great resource for individuals and churches. I highly recommend these books for new believers or young believers (teens, especially). Driscoll really presents these subjects in a very readable and easy to understand format without sacrificing solid biblical content. For those familiar with Driscoll, he also avoids some of the more controversial styles or content that he has been known for in the past. Instead he lets the content of Truth remain the sole area of controversy. These are great books to give away and/or stock in your library…and costing around $10 retail – they are affordable, too. - Pastor Todd Burgett,

Book Jacket:

Packed with big truth, this little book on the Old Testament can be read in roughly one hour, making it a book you’ll actually read. Mark Driscoll, one of America’s most influential pastors, answers the nine most common questions about the Old Testament—questions about authorship, what Jesus says about the Old Testament, how the Old Testament books were chosen as Scripture, and more—and gives an overview of the various kinds of Old Testament literature. Two appendices include a comprehensive list of further resources and a checklist for reading through the entire Old Testament.

On the Old Testament is part of a series of inexpensive and accessible books that give clear, biblical answers to difficult theological questions and controversies. Through this series readers will get a solid and simple introduction to the Bible by investing just a little time.