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Darrell L. Bock (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is the executive director of cultural engagement and senior research professor of New Testament studies at Dallas Theological Seminary.

Works by Darrell L. Bock

Luke 1:1-9:50 (1994) 662 copies
Luke 9:51-24:53 (1996) 652 copies
Dispensationalism, Israel and the Church (1992) — Editor; Contributor — 172 copies
Messiah in the Passover (2017) 32 copies
The Gospel in the Passover (2017) 20 copies
Luke 11 copies
NTC Luke (2008) 8 copies
O SERVO SOFREDOR (1905) 2 copies
Kayip Inciller (2008) 1 copy
路加福音 = Luke (2008) 1 copy

Associated Works

Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels (1992) — Contributor, some editions — 1,568 copies
Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible (2005) — Contributor, some editions — 520 copies
Three Views on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament (2008) — Contributor — 357 copies
The Historical Jesus: Five Views (1995) — Contributor — 201 copies
Perspectives on the Ending of Mark: Four Views (2008) — Contributor — 144 copies
Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics (2011) — Contributor — 140 copies


Common Knowledge



In October 2013, seventeen pastors and scholars, most if not all Jewish Christians, came together for a conference talking about the plan of God for Israel. This book is made up of their lectures, each in a chapter, and consider Old Testament prophecy, New Testament interpretation, the relationship between Jews and the Church throughout history, and theology.

The main thrust of the book could be summed up in once sentence: God still has a plan for Israel, literally involving the Promised Land, and when Israel as a nation and as a people acknowledge Jesus as Messiah, their true restoration and end times will arrive. To support this, each chapter takes a slightly different but overlapping approach to showing why this, rather than a replacement theology, is true. The first half takes specific portions of Scripture, while the second half focuses more on general theological, historical or political attitudes. The final chapter, a survey of seminaries, probably has the least interest or application for lay readers, but may be of interest to pastors. I agree with much of what they present and found the arguments convincing, though marred somewhat by typos and in one memorable instance a chapter with 72 notes that were all off by one starting somewhere around note 25. The book was meant to be a study guide, and I did answer the questions at the end of each chapter to help myself remember the material. The QR codes, however, didn't seem to work and I skipped using them after the first couple of chapters. That being said, I probably would read the book or certain chapters over again when I was studying the applicable verses of the Bible. I'll probably add some of the books mentioned in the notes to a list of further reading as well.… (more)
bell7 | 1 other review | May 25, 2020 |
I have this book in my Logos Bible Software. It is a compendium of readings which illuminate the text of the four gospels. Organized and correlated to relevant passages in the Bible, Bock has given us cultural, political and social background through first century (and near first century, give or take) documents. Ancient Historians and politicians provide the meat of this book.

This is a shortcut to good exegesis and saves a lot of time. I use this alongside my Bible Background commentaries (IVP and Zondervan) to help fill out the background on the text.… (more)
Jamichuk | May 22, 2017 |
The prophet Isaiah has long been mined by Christian interpreters of the Bible for its Christological significance. This is especially true of the ‘Suffering Servant’ passages from the latter part of Isaiah. In this multi-author volume edited by Darrell Bock and Mitch Glaser, examines Isaiah 53 in light of the gospel with an eye towards how this passage can bring Jewish people to faith in Jesus Christ. Despite Isaiah’s status as a Jewish prophet and his prominence among Christian interpreters, this passage is almost unknown among Jewish people. Written to pastors, missionaries and lay leaders, this book is intended as a resource for those who are ‘preaching and teaching this profound passage and using it to reach unbelievers with a message of redemption (28)’.

The book is organized into three parts. Part one discusses the various interpretations of Isaiah 53. Richard Averbeck surveys Christian interpretations of this chapter (focusing especially on contemporary interpreters). Having examined the competing views, Averbeck argues that the first-person language does not imply the personification of the nation of Israel but one person acting on behalf of the nation. Michael L. Brown discusses the history of Jewish interpretations of this chapter (showing how the corporate interpretation has often been posited to obscure the messianic implications and how this chapter points to Jesus).

In part two, Isaiah 53 is placed within a biblical-theological framework. Walter Kaiser argues that the Servant language in Isaiah 53 should be read as a messianic designation and that Jesus understood his ministry in this context. Michael Wilkins examines the gospel accounts, concluding that Jesus saw himself as the Servant, and the gospel writers also made this identification. Darrell Bock examines Acts 8 (Philip’s encounter with the Ethiopian eunuch) and how Isaiah 53 in that context, illuminates Jesus’ death. Craig Evans discusses allusions to Isaiah 53 in the New Testament material from Peter, Paul, John and the book of Hebrews. David Allen’s chapter sets Isaiah 53 within a cultic context and argues for the significance of substiutionary atonement in understanding the passage. Robert Chisholm rounds out part two by discussing salvation and forgiveness in this chapter and arguing that according to this passage, the beneficiaries of the Servant’s suffering are both Israel and the nations, that the ‘illness’ described in the chapter imply Jerusalem’s destruction, exile, injustice, death and war, that the breach of the covenant is the fundamental sin for which the blameless Servant suffers, and that the Servant’s suffering and death provide the means toward divine forgiveness.

Part three addresses how to communicate this passage evangelistically. John Feinberg discusses how Isaiah 53 can be used to articulate the gospel message to ‘postmoderns.’ Mitch Glasser focuses his chapter on how Isaiah 53 can be used effectively in Jewish evangelism (his point is not to debate, or beat Jews over the head with a proof text, but using this chapter to open up a fruitful dialogue). Lastly, Donald Sunukjian gives practical advice to preachers for preaching an expository message based on this chapter (with an eye towards it’s structure). Each of the chapters of the book are summarized in Darrell Bock’s conclusion (and quoted extensively) and the book also includes in the appendices two sermons from Donald Sunukjian which illustrate a couple of different homiletic approaches to the text.

As is the case with other multi-author studies, there is some overlap in chapter content; however the authors are remarkably united in purpose and theological commitments. These are some of the best and brightest of conservative Biblical scholars and they thoroughly examine this passage in light of historical interpretation, biblical theology, literary structure, and linguistically. You need not agree with the authors on every point (I’m not sure that I do) to appreciate the care and attention in which they craft their argument. I think they make a good case that a individual, substitutionary, Suffering Servant reading of the text, is faithful understanding of the text, and that this passage does point to the significance of Jesus’ work.

But what I appreciate most about this book is the compelling case made here, that Jesus understood his life, ministry and death in light of the Suffering Servant passages in Isaiah. Scot McKnight, in the King Jesus Gospel made the provocative claim that many evangelistic presentations by evangelicals completely ignore the Old Testament in their articulation of the gospel. In The Gospel According to Isaiah 53, the authors prove that for these scholars at least, this is not the case. The gospel of Jesus Christ includes the way Jesus fulfills the hopes of Israel. By seeing the significance of this passage for Jewish people, we gentiles also come to a fuller appreciation of the gospel story and Christ’s work.

So I recommend this book to pastors and teachers who want to communicate the truths of this passage. I certainly plan to refer back to this book in my preaching and teaching from this passage.

I received this book from Kregel Academic in exchange for this review.
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Jamichuk | 2 other reviews | May 22, 2017 |
Balanced look at divisive, hot-button cultural and political issues. Seeks to discover biblical perspectives and encourages discussion to reach biblical solutions. Provides tentative solutions / possibilities in some areas, but its goal is more to start and encourage discussion rather than reach definite conclusions.
broreb | Feb 2, 2017 |



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