nature of Christians unless we understand Israel.”(pg.5) according to the Achtemeiers, and Israel as pointed
provide us with a rope which connects us and our New Testament thinking to the Old Testament. The
single main theme that conveys this thinking is that throughout all God has k!
ept his word with mercy and love.
Achtemeier shows us this link by basically giving us an entire overview of the Old Testament in a
most of the problems in the Old Testament. In started with Adam and Eve wanting to be like God
themselves which led them to sin and continued on to Israel where sin was evident everywhere. In Israel,
and forgiveness stepped in. Israel as a whole was given the ten commandments to abide by, yet they
them through a new spirit and heart in the form of Jesus Chri!
st according to the Achtemeiers.
The book is organized primarily as the bible is organized with certain points, when needed, taken from
other passages in both the New and Old Testament. The way it is ordered makes the book almost read like
wasn?t the chosen one at all. They back this point up by saying, “Yahweh seems often curiously absent
from the history of Israel?s greatest king.” (pg. 77) The Achtemeiers are clear throughout the book proving
that God has always been true to his word and that is why we were given Jesus. An example is when the
judging of Israel comes, they show us that God ra!
ther than destroying Israel for being full of corruption, gives them a new heart and spirit, which falls in line
with his covenant with Israel.
I completely agree with the Achtemeiers feelings, after reading this book, that Jesus “is the
fulfillment of the Old Testament Story.” This book has been extremely helpful to me since in the past I?ve
studied the Old Testament as all separate pieces with no real logical answer to any question. Before
New Testament better, I do feel that I understand the roots of it better, like where and why it came about.
By knowing the roots of it better, I feel in the future while studying the New Testament I will have more of
a grasp of what Paul, Peter, or Luke says means in the whole big scheme of things, but not necessarily in
their individual meaning.