In his book, Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament, Dr. Wright looks to bring about the unity between the Hebrew Scriptures and the understanding of Jesus pertaining to the Word of God. Dr. Wright points out that the knowledge of Christ Jesus originated in the history of salvation that was planned and worked by the Lord for the people of Israel. This book is one of the most essential sources to understand the relation between Jesus and the Old Testament. In fact, “Christian talk of the relation between Jesus Christ and the OT has been prone in the tradition to several forms of error.” As we will see, the author illustrates the complex method in which the character, doctrine, and mission are mingled and can be found within the Hebrew Bible. Dr. Wright illustrates upon the passage of Matthew 1 – 4 indicating how the Old Testament covenants and promises brought about the knowledge of Jesus and interestingly enough discover their completion in Him.
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Much of Jesus’ teaching was through parables, which he utilized as a method of illustrating insightful and divine truths. Biblical scholar Madeleine Boucher informs audiences that “the importance of the parables can hardly be overestimated (Boucher, 1977).” Rather than representing simple anecdotes, each parable displays a deeper meaning. Comprehending the Gospel Parables requires an understanding of the definition of a parables, Jesus’ reason for speaking in parables, and the purpose of parables. The parables of Jesus are mainly found in the three Synoptic Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. Boucher writes, “The parables are generally regarded by scholars as among the sayings which we can confidently ascribe to the historical Jesus; they are, for the most part, authentic words of Jesus (Boucher, 1977).” Representing a key part the teachings of Jesus, it is estimated that they form approximately one third of his recorded teachings (Wiersbe, 1982).