Are you a podcast lover? I sure am. Some people listen to podcasts during their daily commutes to work. I listen to them while I’m doing farm chores in the morning. There is nothing like listening to something uplifting and inspiring while carrying buckets of water or hay bales to start your day.
On Monday, while feeding the rabbits, I was listening to ‘The Church Boys’ and heard an interview with Rick Lawrence of Group Publishing concerning the recent release of a project called, ‘The Jesus Centered Bible’. I got so excited about the interview that I nearly forgot to feed the cows.
Anyone who ever went through one of my ‘Route 66’ classes will likely remember our Old Testament Survey was called, “Jesus in the Old Testament” and we searched for prophesies and promises concerning Jesus and the gospel in each Old Testament book.
Just a few weeks back, in a ‘(Re)Discovering the Bible‘ class, I shared that the key to reading and understanding the Old Testament was to ‘look for Jesus in every book’.
Looking for Jesus is exactly what the Jesus Centered Bible is all about. In addition to notes and insets with interesting information, The JCB has highlighted in blue more than 600 OT passages that speak of Jesus.
I can’t tell you how excited this project makes me. Ok, to be fair, I’m a little jealous that I didn’t think of it, especially since I’ve been teaching the concept for years and have multiple Bibles in my library, already marked up with prophecies and references to the Messiah, but I’m so happy someone has taken the time to develop this very special study Bible.
Currently, it is only available in The New Living Translation, but that is not a bad thing, as the NLT is a fine, trustworthy, easy to read version. It is not yet available for Kindle or as an app, or even paperback. As far as I can tell, you can get it in hardback or imitation leather.
I can’t give a detailed review or a thumbs up/down, because I haven’t received my copy yet. I ordered a hardback for $19.95 from Amazon. That’s neither a bargain nor is it price gouging. The price seems to be reasonable for all the information advertised.
My copy is scheduled to arrive on Friday of this week. After I’ve had a chance to go through it, I’ll offer a final opinion, but this is a 9 (only misses being a 10 because NLT is not my favorite translation) on my anticipation scale.
It has long been my goal to teach people to love and understand the Old Testament by showing that just like the New Testament; the old covenant was all about Jesus. He is the central figure of Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation.
If you’re looking for your own copy, check with your local bookstore, search for it on christianbook.com , or do like I did, and order off of Amazon.