Monday, October 11, 2010

Book Review--The Hidden Christ: Beneath the Surface of the Old Testament

Last week I read The Hidden Christ: Beneath the Surface of the Old Testament and I really have to say that if you haven’t read this book, you should go out and get it. NOW. I really don’t like to use this blog for book reviews, but in this case I felt compelled (and justified). I really think it revolutionized my view of the Old Testament. (Yes, I just used the word “really” three times in three sentences. That should show you just how much I mean it.) It showed me how so many of the prophets were types of Christ, but it also explained why the Lord went to the trouble to make those lives into types.

Some things I learned:
  • How the creation is a parallel of spiritual progression
  • How the discussion of Kolob and stars in the Book of Abraham is relevant to us and teaches about Christ
  • How the Abrahamic covenant promises of Christ
  • How the stories of Ishmael and Isaac are linked to the Fall and the Atonement.
  • What the plagues of Egypt were teaching about God’s power and the meaning behind those plagues
  • How the loss and return of the ark in 1 Samuel was prefiguring the gospel going from the Jews to the gentiles and back to the Jews in the latter days
There were some things that I already knew, yet the book expanded on and made these points more significant. Overall, I was very impressed and deeply edified by this book. It has fresh insights that are extremely solid. I highly recommend it. Put it on your Christmas list. Or your Thankgiving list. Or maybe your Halloween list. Heck, why not your Columbus Day list. Buy it yesterday, for goodness sake!

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LeAnn said...

I will be very interested in getting this book. I had the blessing of teaching seminary for 4 years and it was a very spiritual experience for me. I must say however that the Old Testament was hard for me. I had never read it through completely before until that year. I learned so much and have a deeper love for the Old Testament.
Blessings to you! LeAnn

Unknown said...

I have this book, and I have been slowly reading through it along with my Sunday School lessons on the Old Testament. I love this book and I especially love the way the author introduces it and then tells us his motivation for writing this book. He fell in love with the old testament scriptures. I thought it was a peculiar statment. But as I have been studying the Sunday School lessons, and reading this book, and also reading the book of Mormon as a chaser,I can feel the love. I think that it is a great reference tool.

Michaela Stephens said...

Leann, I think the book would really help you.
RGG, That's great that you going through it slowly with your Sunday school lessons. You'll probably retain a lot more that way. (When I ran across it, I was so excited that I devoured the whole thing in one sitting and now I'm having a hard time remembering it all.)