Delighting in the Old Testament: Through Christ and for Christ

By Jason S. DeRouchie, Foreword by Stephen J. Wellum

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Delighting in the Old Testament: Through Christ and for Christ

By Jason S. DeRouchie, Foreword by Stephen J. Wellum

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Understanding the Old Testament’s Purpose in the Christian’s Life Today

The Old Testament makes up the majority of the Christian Bible, yet incorrect teaching of its texts abounds in the church. Without effectively studying these stories, covenants, and kingdoms within their close, continuing, and complete biblical contexts, believers miss the beauty of the Old Testament, including how it points to Jesus, and why it still matters today.

Jason DeRouchie helps Christians delight in the books of the Old Testament and read them the way God intended—as relevant parts of Christian Scripture. This accessible guide stresses the need to keep Christ at the center and to account for the progress of salvation history when applying the Old Testament today. It helps Christians interpret the Old Testament, see how it testifies to Jesus, believe that Jesus secured every divine promise, and understand how Jesus makes Moses’s law still matter. By more strongly comprehending Old Testament teachings and how they relate to the New, Christians will better enjoy the Old Testament itself and increasingly understand all that Jesus came to fulfill.

  • In-Depth Study: Shows the lasting relevance of Old Testament laws, history, prophecy, and wisdom, and gives insight into the authors and audience of Old Testament books
  • A Great Resource for Pastors, Students, and Small Groups: Prepares Christian leaders to faithfully teach the Old Testament and equips all Christians to embrace that the Old Testament is Christian Scripture
  • Accessible: Includes numerous case studies, “Review and Reflection” points for every chapter, and a glossary of key terms

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Jason S. DeRouchie

Jason S. DeRouchie (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Research Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Spurgeon College. He is also a content developer and global trainer for Hands to the Plow Ministries.

Product Details

Category: Biblical Studies
Christian Living
Format: Hardcover w/ Jacket
Page Count: 368
Size: 6.0 in x 9.0 in
Weight: 23.19 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-9122-7
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-9122-8
ISBN-UPC: 9781433591228
Case Quantity: 16
Published: February 13, 2024

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword by Stephen J. Wellum

Introduction: Ten Reasons the Old Testament Matters for Christians
Part 1: Reading Well: How Jesus Helps Christians Interpret the Old Testament
Chapter 1: The Old Testament’s Audience and Comprehension, New Testament Perspective
Chapter 2: The Old Testament’s Audience and Comprehension, Old Testament Perspective
Chapter 3: Christ as Light and Lens for Interpreting the Old Testament

Part 2: Seeing Well: How Jesus’s Bible Testifies about Him
Chapter 4: The Story of God’s Glory in Christ
Chapter 5: Seeing and Celebrating Christ in All of Scripture
Chapter 6: The Message of Genesis and the Hope for Christ
Part 3: Hoping Well: How Jesus Secures Every Divine Promise
Chapter 7: The Importance and Challenge of Claiming Old Testament Promises
Chapter 8: Relating Old Testament Promises to Christians
Chapter 9: Claiming Old Testament Promises through Christ
Part 4: Living Well: How Jesus Makes Moses’s Law Matter
Chapter 10: Relating Moses’s Law to Christians
Chapter 11: Evaluating Alternative Proposals
Chapter 12: When Jesus Maintains the Law
Chapter 13: When Jesus Transforms or Annuls the Law
Conclusion: Tips for Delighting in the Old Testament
Illustration Credits
General Index
Scripture Index


“This book will change the way you read the Old and the New Testaments. Beyond this, if you are a pastor or teacher, this book will change the way you preach and teach from the Old and the New Testaments. Thankfully, while Jason DeRouchie’s ideas are big, the words and the chapters are not. I will joyfully wear out my copy.”
Tom Kelby, President, Hands to the Plow Ministries; President, Table Fellowship Churches

“Jason DeRouchie’s love of the Old Testament is contagious. He loves the Old Testament because it leads him to his Savior. Neglecting the Old Testament results in an impoverished understanding of the words and works of Christ. Even though the Old Testament’s language, culture, and worldview can strike modern readers as foreign or arcane, DeRouchie demonstrates how the Old Testament can be both accessible and awe-inspiring. He does more than merely inform his readers; he seeks to inflame their hearts, beginning with the Law and all the Prophets. DeRouchie serves the global church by opening the treasures of the Old Testament, allowing them to illuminate the New Testament, exalt Jesus, and lead readers to greater faithfulness and deeper worship.”
Joe M. Allen III, Assistant Professor of Missions, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Spurgeon College

“We love to tell the stories of the Old Testament to children but, sadly, often fail to rejoice in it for ourselves. In Delighting in the Old Testament, Jason DeRouchie helps us see Christ in this part of God’s word, resulting in a joy-filled faith. I highly recommend this book to you, whether you are a Christian in the pew or a leader in the church. Don’t rush through it. You will see the Old Testament Scriptures as you have never seen them before!”
Conrad Mbewe, Pastor, Kabwata Baptist Church, Lusaka, Zambia; Founding Chancellor, African Christian University

“While Christians may confess that the first three-quarters of the Bible is ‘breathed out by God’ (2 Tim. 3:16) and bears witness about Jesus (John 5:39), and although they may affirm that it is ‘profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness’ (2 Tim. 3:16), they often find it difficult to discover in it the kinds of life-transforming riches that would lead them to be ‘complete, equipped for every good work’ (2 Tim. 3:17). Put another way, it is one thing to believe that the Old Testament is a bottomless mine of life-transforming gospel gold, and it is quite another to experience its riches as one mines deeply. With Delighting in the Old Testament, Jason DeRouchie has handed us a tool for mining, helped us get started, and given us instructions so that we can dig deeply for the rest of our lives. This book provides a model for Christ-saturated and biblically grounded reading of the Old Testament as Christian Scripture. Church groups and classrooms will be blessed as they learn how to read, see, hope, and live in light of the Christ-centered message of the first three-quarters of the Bible.”
Ian J. Vaillancourt, Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew, Heritage Theological Seminary; author, The Dawning of Redemption and Treasuring the Psalms

“When it comes to Old Testament studies, Jason DeRouchie is one of this generation’s most trusted authors. In Delighting in the Old Testament, he brings his considerable gifts to bear as he walks the reader through how to read the Old Testament in light of the person and work of Christ. This accessible, reader-friendly volume will biblically inform and spiritually inspire all who read it. Whether you’re a new believer or an established scholar, I highly recommend this book.”
Jason K. Allen, President, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Spurgeon College

“From bacon and tattoos to typology and hermeneutics, Delighting in the Old Testament covers an incredible amount of ground when it comes to helping us understand and apply ‘Jesus’s only Bible.’ Of particular import is how much more attention and care teachers and evangelists should take as we teach the Old Testament. All Christians stand to benefit immensely as they worship their way through this comprehensive and informative text. Feel your heart leap for joy as you see how Jesus heals you of your spiritual disabilities and purchases for you every spiritual blessing!”
Gloria Furman, author, Labor with Hope and Missional Motherhood

“For a Christian, understanding how Jesus is the center and climax of Scripture is of utmost importance. In this volume, Jason DeRouchie channels decades of study to help readers appropriately read the Old Testament as Christian Scripture by examining how Jesus fulfills all of God’s promises. I love this book because it helps believers delight in God’s word and delight in the God who gave us his word.”
Benjamin L. Merkle, Dr. M. O. Owens Jr. Chair of New Testament Studies and Research Professor of New Testament and Greek, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

“This book is a dream come true. For years, Jason DeRouchie has won my trust. He cherishes both the Hebrew Scriptures and the Messiah himself. And without pretense or fudging, he loves to see the genuine, authentic marriage of the sacred text and its supreme Treasure. Few take both the Old Testament and Christ with such seriousness and contagious joy. Now, in this book, a world-class professor leverages his learning and skill in the Hebrew language, discourse analysis, and the full text of Scripture to train lay leaders, common Christians, and all careful students of the Bible, not just to read and understand the Old Testament better, but through it to encounter the King himself in the full sweep of his majesty and to delight in him.”
David Mathis, Senior Teacher and Executive Editor,; Pastor, Cities Church, Saint Paul, Minnesota; author, Habits of Grace

“If delight is not the first word that comes to mind when you think about the Old Testament, then this book is a gift to you. Jason DeRouchie is a trusted scholar and just the man we need to teach us that the Old Testament prepares for and points to Jesus Christ. This happy discovery awaits all who read Delighting in the Old Testament.”
C. J. Mahaney, Senior Pastor, Sovereign Grace Church, Louisville, Kentucky

“I have benefited from Jason DeRouchie’s work both personally and professionally for decades, and this book represents yet another gift to those who would engage its content. His work is clear, thorough, and compelling. Additionally, his argument is fundamental and essential for the full and proper interpretation of the Old Testament as Christian Scripture. If you are not convinced, repent and reread it.”
Miles V. Van Pelt, Alan Hayes Belcher, Jr. Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Languages and Director, Summer Institute for Biblical Languages, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson

“Jason DeRouchie is a faithful guide to the Old Testament. He shows that its theological message is that God reigns, saves, and satisfies through covenant for his glory in Christ.”
Andy Naselli, Professor of Systematic Theology and New Testament, Bethlehem College and Seminary; Elder, The North Church, Mounds View, Minnesota

“Jason DeRouchie’s work will be immensely helpful to a wide variety of readers. It is both accessible and comprehensive. It is practical and well researched. I’m looking forward to hearing of its impact in a variety of contexts around the globe.”
Ryan Robertson, President, Reaching & Teaching International Ministries; Elder, Third Avenue Baptist Church, Louisville, Kentucky

"In Delighting in the Old Testament, Jason DeRouchie helps us see Christ in this part of God’s word, resulting in a joy-filled faith. I highly recommend this book to you, whether you are a Christian in the pew or a leader in the church.”

Conrad Mbewe

Pastor, Kabwata Baptist Church, Lusaka, Zambia; Founding Chancellor, African Christian University