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"Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) What kind of king and what kind of kingdom are we asking for when we pray this prayer Jesus taught us to pray? A study of the Old Testament Historical Books--Joshua through Esther--enables us to see the kingdom of God not only as it once was, but also as it is now, and as it will be o "Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) What kind of king and what kind of kingdom are we asking for when we pray this prayer Jesus taught us to pray? A study of the Old Testament Historical Books--Joshua through Esther--enables us to see the kingdom of God not only as it once was, but also as it is now, and as it will be one day. Over ten weeks of guided study, relevant teaching, and group discussion, seasoned Bible teacher Nancy Guthrie traces the history of the people of God from the time they entered the Promised Land through a series of failed kings, exile, and finally their return to await the true King. Readers will see Jesus as: the greater Joshua who leads his people into rest; the greater Boaz who has done all that is necessary to redeem; the greater King who will sit on David's throne forever; the greater Restorer who is building his church from ruined stones. Gain a fresh perspective on Israel's history and God's kingdom, a broader understanding of Jesus as the fulfillment of Scripture, and much more when you join with Nancy on this incredible journey to see Jesus in the Old Testament! Part of the Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament series. *A leader's guide is available as a free download at SeeingJesusInTheOldTestament.com and a supplemental DVD of Nancy's teaching is also available for purchase.


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"Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) What kind of king and what kind of kingdom are we asking for when we pray this prayer Jesus taught us to pray? A study of the Old Testament Historical Books--Joshua through Esther--enables us to see the kingdom of God not only as it once was, but also as it is now, and as it will be o "Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) What kind of king and what kind of kingdom are we asking for when we pray this prayer Jesus taught us to pray? A study of the Old Testament Historical Books--Joshua through Esther--enables us to see the kingdom of God not only as it once was, but also as it is now, and as it will be one day. Over ten weeks of guided study, relevant teaching, and group discussion, seasoned Bible teacher Nancy Guthrie traces the history of the people of God from the time they entered the Promised Land through a series of failed kings, exile, and finally their return to await the true King. Readers will see Jesus as: the greater Joshua who leads his people into rest; the greater Boaz who has done all that is necessary to redeem; the greater King who will sit on David's throne forever; the greater Restorer who is building his church from ruined stones. Gain a fresh perspective on Israel's history and God's kingdom, a broader understanding of Jesus as the fulfillment of Scripture, and much more when you join with Nancy on this incredible journey to see Jesus in the Old Testament! Part of the Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament series. *A leader's guide is available as a free download at SeeingJesusInTheOldTestament.com and a supplemental DVD of Nancy's teaching is also available for purchase.

30 review for The Son of David: Seeing Jesus in the Historical Books

  1. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    I will be perfectly honest: I have just never "gotten" David. It's like my friend who says he doesn't like mushrooms: "I know I'm wrong. But I just don't." David's a hero in some ways, a villain in others, a warrior, a songwriter, a shepherd, a type of Christ, and a major figure mentioned all throughout Scripture, but I don't understand what to DO with him: admire him? be repelled by him? What does "man after God's own heart" mean? What's the big deal about this dude? So after being completely e I will be perfectly honest: I have just never "gotten" David. It's like my friend who says he doesn't like mushrooms: "I know I'm wrong. But I just don't." David's a hero in some ways, a villain in others, a warrior, a songwriter, a shepherd, a type of Christ, and a major figure mentioned all throughout Scripture, but I don't understand what to DO with him: admire him? be repelled by him? What does "man after God's own heart" mean? What's the big deal about this dude? So after being completely enthralled by Guthrie's The Promised One a few years ago, I was excited to pick this up and understand more of the pieces I was missing. This is Guthrie's Bible study on the historical books of Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther. A huge swathe of Scripture! All with the goal of finding those compelling hints, prophecies, and tensions that speak of our need for a better hero, a better shepherd, a better king. Well, goal achieved: I feel like I have a much more solid handle on the import of these books in the wider biblical narrative, and my brain has more profitable paths through which to process David. He is important like Abraham is important: an imperfect man to whom God reveals another big thread of the tapestry He is weaving. Now I appreciate so much more why Jesus being called the Son of David was such a big deal. And I got so much else out of the book, too: a better understanding of the catalogue of Kings in...well, 1 and 2 Kings, a VERY helpful explanation of some of the motivations at play in Esther, a wonderful study of Ruth (somehow that book surprises me every time), and some new knowledge I had never even thought to seek before (Jesus as the true-and-better Nehemiah?! Wow wow wow, wow). The perfect blend of scholarly and personal, this guided study really hit the spot for me.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Taryn Raulston

    Book Review: The Son of David Nancy Guthrie is one of my favorite authors! Her real life humor and passion for explaining Scripture well keeps bringing me back to her Bible studies. Her "Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament" series has been wonderful and the latest book in that series, The Son of David: Seeing Jesus in the Historical Books, is no exception. This study covers the Old Testament books of Joshua through Esther. I love seeing how each of these historical books points to Jesus. The Person Book Review: The Son of David Nancy Guthrie is one of my favorite authors! Her real life humor and passion for explaining Scripture well keeps bringing me back to her Bible studies. Her "Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament" series has been wonderful and the latest book in that series, The Son of David: Seeing Jesus in the Historical Books, is no exception. This study covers the Old Testament books of Joshua through Esther. I love seeing how each of these historical books points to Jesus. The Personal Bible Study sections are deep and insightful and challenge you to dig into Scripture to make connections that are scholarly and practical. They are followed by teaching chapters that have powerful insights to help you reevaluate your understanding of Scripture. Each chapter concludes with questions, some designed for group discussion and others for personal reflection. This Bible Study is great for personal use, small groups and Sunday School. *Special thanks to Crossway for providing this book through NetGalley.com for my honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sherrese Holder

    It wasn't what I expected. It wasn't what I expected.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Amy Cummings

    Fall 2013 Women's Bible Study selection @ CPC. Guthrie's studies are always a treat. Can't wait to dig into the historical books with my church ladies! Fall 2013 Women's Bible Study selection @ CPC. Guthrie's studies are always a treat. Can't wait to dig into the historical books with my church ladies!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Michael Boling

    There have been a number of books to his the bookstores recently that engage how to “see” Jesus in the Old Testament corpus. Many of these books examine the topic from a higher level perspective, namely providing the reader a journey through how each book in the Old Testament to some degree or another is focused on the Messiah. With that said, most authors, given they attempt to engage how Jesus can be seen throughout the Old Testament, provide a number of valuable concepts but yet somehow can m There have been a number of books to his the bookstores recently that engage how to “see” Jesus in the Old Testament corpus. Many of these books examine the topic from a higher level perspective, namely providing the reader a journey through how each book in the Old Testament to some degree or another is focused on the Messiah. With that said, most authors, given they attempt to engage how Jesus can be seen throughout the Old Testament, provide a number of valuable concepts but yet somehow can miss the application and further reflection for thought that is essential. Nancy Guthrie, in The Son of David: Seeing Jesus in the Historical Books which is book three of her Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament series, provides a more bible study centric approach, one I found to be very helpful in taking the necessary time to digest what is a very meaty theological subject. As noted, Guthrie’s approach is that of providing a bible study that moves the reader rather systematically through the Old Testament Historical accounts, specifically the books of Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1-2 Samuel, 1-2 Kings, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther. As Guthrie notes at the outset of the book, “if we want to rightly understand the purpose of Jesus’s ministry, we have to understand what it means that he taught his disciples to pray for his kingdom to come. And the best way to understand the kingdom and the king is to begin in the historical books of the Old Testament, which create for us a context in which we can better understand the kingdom of God as it once was, as it is now, and as it will one day be.” Given that most people view the historical books as simply a recitation of events rather than part of the overall biblical drama, the approach taken by Guthrie in identifying these books as vital in understanding grand theological concepts such as the kingdom of God is definitely a valid one. Each chapter in Guthrie’s book is set up in such a way as to be a week’s worth of bible study on a particular historical book. The first element of each chapter is a personal bible study beginning with a short paragraph about the book the reader will be studying that week, immediately followed by a series of study questions. Now Guthrie does not provide any softball questions. Each question engages the reader in an in-depth approach to the subject matter, providing a means to analyze what is taking place to include the patterns, processes, and principles that form the underlying elements of the various historical books. This is truly some serious and engaging bible study that if walked through, will really assist the reader in fully understanding what God is getting across to us. The second element of each chapter is called the teaching chapter, essentially what could be viewed as the “sermon” or perhaps what one would find in a more traditional book on the subject matter, namely an extended discourse on a given historical book. This portion of the chapter could easily be used for both personal and small group style bible study with the personal bible study providing the necessary foundation by which the teaching chapter is built. Guthrie aptly weaves the overarching concept of her book through each teaching chapter, maintaining a constant focus on important theological concepts such as the kingdom of God as well as how Jesus can be observed in that book. The teaching chapter is then followed by a discussion guide, something clearly geared towards small group bible study or even family devotions. This section is focused on getting even further engaged into the text at hand using the previous sections as a springboard. Guthrie once again provides some very in-depth questions for the purpose of forcing the reader to really dig into the material. Given the depth of material in the discussion guide portion, it might take the reader individually or the group should this section be used in group bible study, more than one sitting to work their way through this section. While this book is setup to take the reader or group through a ten week bible study, it also affords the reader or group the ability to take longer if necessary, something I personally would recommend. As someone who is planning on writing a series of blog posts that will walk through the book of Ruth, I will definitely take the material to heart that Guthrie provides on that particular book while certainly utilizing everything I learned throughout the rest of this excellent book as well. Anyone who desires a deeper engagement of the Old Testament historical books beyond that of looking at them from the lens of mere history will find The Son of David by Nancy Guthrie to be a valuable resource. It is a book that has a wide variety of applications from personal to family to group bible studies and the material and questions contained in this book will only serve to provide the means for a truly worthwhile experience studying the word of God. I received these books for free from Crossway for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  6. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    This book has great, short overviews of the historical books of the OT plus some questions for reflection/discussion on each book. I used it as a reference book for context (i.e. re: Judges) as we studied 1-2 Samuel at church last year.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jadyn

    I enjoyed the high overview & connection of the OT books, with deep historical context and relation to Jesus as the Greater King. The homework questions didn’t make me think as much as other studies I’ve done since they were more factual, but otherwise it was great!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Heather Richmond

    Another wonderful study by Nancy Guthrie! I love the way she goes each story back to Jesus!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Brandon Wilkins

    This is a wonderful study of the historical books, as they connect to the story of salvation and Jesus Christ. Highly recommended.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Annie Hammon

    Grade 5 950L This the the book of Son of David. A lot of people want to study the Old Testament, but don’t know how or don’t understand why it’s relevant to Christian life

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey Burnett

    Probably my favorite study I’ve ever done! Did not want it to end!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Fleming

    Wonderful study from Nancy Guthrie, per usual.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    A good Bible study of Historical books that I did with a couple of other ladies.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Like E, I wish you could give half stars. This book deserves 3.5 stars. Nancy Guthrie does a great job delving into the historical books and pointing out how we see Jesus through the characters in these books. She uses scripture to interpret scripture, which is vital and lends to a deeper insight into the historical books. I have learned a lot and grown from this Bible study. What I didn't like? 1. While the personal Bible study section and teaching chapter are very scriptural, the discussion que Like E, I wish you could give half stars. This book deserves 3.5 stars. Nancy Guthrie does a great job delving into the historical books and pointing out how we see Jesus through the characters in these books. She uses scripture to interpret scripture, which is vital and lends to a deeper insight into the historical books. I have learned a lot and grown from this Bible study. What I didn't like? 1. While the personal Bible study section and teaching chapter are very scriptural, the discussion questions at the end of each chapter tend to gear towards more what you think and feel about certain events and asks you to pretend you were the Israelites, Naomi, etc. I understand Guthrie is trying to apply what we have already learned, but I would appreciate more in depth and scripturally based questions to discuss. 2. The Bible study is a 10-week study on the historical books (Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther [Guthrie leaves out 1 & 2 Chronicles completely]). She spends one week on each book and combines Ezra and Nehemiah. This does not leave enough time to really explore the books. For example, the lesson on 1 Samuel is solely on the story of David and Goliath. It is a good lesson, but there is so much more in 1 Samuel that Guthrie simply doesn't have time to get to! 3. There are times when Guthrie will state something that is theologically debated as a fact. For example, she is convinced that whenever the angel of the Lord appears, he is the pre-incarnate person of Christ. If we examine scripture, we see nowhere that this is stated. The fact that he is called THE ANGEL of the Lord leads us to believe that he is just that; an angel representing God. Another example is that she states that Rahab is Boaz's mother based on the genealogy in Matthew. Again, if we look closely, we see that many generations are skipped in Matthew's genealogy and that 'mother,' 'father,' and 'son' simply mean that someone is descended from that person. If you are aware of the negatives I mentioned above, this Bible study is a good one and I would highly recommend it. It is definitely to your advantage to read through each book before the lesson. This means that if you are doing a chapter a week, you should get the book early so that you have time to read each book of the Bible and are prepared for Bible study each week.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tina Thompson

    Great book we used it as a group bible study, we did a chapter a week. If I did it again, I would do two weeks per chapter to give the ladies time to get the homework done. Most of the women in my study are young moms or professionals who are trying to stay true to studying and they found it hard to complete it each week.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Katie Barry

    I did this book study with a group of ladies from church and got even more out of it than I expected! Not only did it give me a clearer understanding of the timeline of the history of the people of Israel, but Nancy did such a great job of showing the protection and provision of God in Christ for his people then, now and in the future.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    enjoy the way Nancy explain things in a way to look at a different perspective. That Red thread that is Christ is vividly described. The perceptive that comes out reading and meeting weekly with others only enhances this book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

    wonderful Bible Study book. the DVD is a long 45 minute lecture but the discussion that we had was outstanding. I hope we do more of these books

  19. 4 out of 5

    Judi

    Excellent continuation of the series by Nancy Guthrie - if you are desirous of seeing Jesus in the Old Testament this series (5 books) will open your eyes like never before. Highly recommend.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Constance Collins

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lena Cole

  22. 4 out of 5

    Emily

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sonya South

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Ford

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

  26. 4 out of 5

    Robin Howell

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

  28. 5 out of 5

    Cleveland

  29. 4 out of 5

    Emma Pilgrim

  30. 4 out of 5

    Susan Hart

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