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I had to read the first chapter for a current seminary class and light bulbs were going off over my head like crazy.
Ever wonder why Matthew started his gospel with a long genealogy? Do OT stories have any relevance for us today now that we have the complete Revelation of God? Why don’t we just chuck it, since all have been fulfilled in Jesus? What does all the OT history have to do with Jesus anyway? Why do we need to know it? Shouldn’t we just be concerned with “getting saved”? Great questions like this are dealt with in Wright’s book. I highly recommend it to you. It has already (just one chapter in) enriched my Bible reading greatly.
He is a great writer as well. Very clear and engaging.