Many pastors struggle with preaching the Old Testament. As a professor and pastor, Allan Moseley's vast experience and knowledge go a long way in helping expositors enrich their pulpit ministry.
The purpose of his book is to offer both exegetical and preaching help by means of a workable 8-step method. The author's preaching model starts with the initial step of determining the genre and meaning of the text to doing word studies and discovering the main ideas of the text to applying the sermon in a life-changing and Christ-honoring manner.
Some books on preaching from the Old Testament are written by authors who do not actually preach, or preach only occasionally. Pastors and budding preachers need a book written by someone who has knows what it is like to be a pastor and has prepared sermons every week for years. His book reflects his classroom teaching on the subjects of exposition and hermeneutics, and it provides helpful illustrations of expositional principles that rise from his own preaching ministry.
I am always on the lookout for a good ‘how-to’ book on preaching the Old Testament. Moseley’s From the Study to the Pulpit is one of the best books on the subject I have seen. His 8 step method for sermon preparation is clear, concise, and serviceable for any preacher. Moseley covers all the bases: genre, context, word studies, determining the theme, how to connect the text to Christ, and application. I especially appreciate his commitment to stressing the importance of the use of Hebrew in sermon preparation. This book is a must read for every preacher. I will be using it in my preaching classes and in my preaching of the Old Testament!
—David L. Allen, Dean, School of Preaching, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
In this book, Moseley offers 8 strategic questions that will help the preacher or teacher take an Old Testament text and move from the written page to spoken presentation. A long-time pastor and excellent preacher, now an Old Testament professor, Moseley offers wonderful insights into understanding an ancient text and then communicating the truth of that text to a modern audience. This is a book that will be helpful to both novice and veteran preachers—and is likely to spark any number of great sermon ideas.
—Michael Duduit, Executive Editor, Preaching magazine; Dean, Clamp Divinity School, Anderson University, Anderson, SC
With this carefully developed, 8-step approach, Allan Moseley has provided a wonderful treasure for students, teachers, and pastors. Those who take time to read and reflect upon the wise insights found in From the Study to the Pulpit will be better prepared and equipped to understand and communicate the Old Testament message with greater faithfulness and effectiveness. I am genuinely delighted to recommend this thoughtful and helpful resource.
—David S. Dockery, President, Trinity International University/Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
“Second, teachers of the Old Testament need the skills to put an expositional process into practice.” (Page 14)
“First, reading texts in their original language helps us to understand them more clearly” (Page 21)
“Seventh, accurate exposition is the most important task for Bible teachers and preachers” (Page 26)
“‘The only reason I can think of to learn Greek and Hebrew is to understand the Bible!’” (Page 21)
“The genres in the Old Testament are narrative, law, poetry, proverbs, and prophecy.” (Page 50)
Allan Moseley (Ph.D., New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary) began his study of Proverbs as a young man and through the years has sought to live its wisdom, preach from the book, and teach it for 20 years as Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also has over 25 years of pastoral experience. He has written several books, including works on pastoral leadership and Old Testament exposition.