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Book Review – From Bondage to Liberty: The Gospel According to Moses (Anthony Selvaggio)

Anthony T. Selvaggio. From Bondage to Liberty: The Gospel According to Moses. Philllipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2014. 192 pp. $14.99.

From Bondage to LibertyIn various ways and with differing attributions, I’ve heard concerning the two Testaments that the New is in the Old concealed, and the Old is in the New revealed. This is a marvelous truth. Growth in understanding of either of the two testaments increases understanding in the other. And from beginning to end, Genesis to Revelation, there runs a crimson red thread weaving together the story of God’s redemption of His people. The Lord Jesus Christ and the gospel concerning Him are foreshadowed throughout the Old Testament, beginning in the very third chapter. And after His resurrection and before His ascension, Jesus encountered two of His disciples on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-27), and “beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself” (verse 27).

And yet, apart from the Psalms and Proverbs, most Christians struggle with reading the Old Testament. Many who do faithfully read the Old Testament mainly learn the facts of the narratives and draw moralistic applications to their lives, failing to see the grand story of redemption that is unfolding at every turn. I don’t believe it’s an exaggeration to say that when you begin reading the Old Testament through the redemptive-historic hermeneutic, everything changes. “The Gospel According to the Old Testament” series from P&R Publishing is designed to help us do just that. Written for pastors and laypeople, the series has the following stated aims:

  • to lay out the pervasiveness of the revelation of Christ in the Old Testament
  • to promote a Christ-centered reading of the Old Testament
  • to encourage Christ-centered preaching and teaching from the Old Testament

This book, From Bondage to Liberty: The Gospel According to Moses, is the first that I have read in the series. Moses is probably the most significant figure in the Old Testament because of his unique role as the mediator of the old Covenant. As such, he is a very strong type of Christ, the mediator of a new and better covenant. Selvaggio takes us on a whirlwind guided tour through the book of Exodus to show us how God worked in Moses to change him, how God used him to deliver His people and reveal His glory, and how Moses and the events surrounding the exodus foreshadow Christ and the way He would ultimately deliver His people from spiritual bondage to liberty.

Rooted in the Reformed tradition and a redemptive-historic hermeneutic, this book is intensely pastoral, devotional, and practical. Each chapter begins with a story and ends with a set of questions for further reflection, making this a great book to use as one reads through the book of Exodus. For the biblical sections that are treated in depth, Selvaggio first expounds upon the event and how it pointed forward to God’s ultimate work of redemption in Christ, bridges it to the new Covenant and points out parallels and implications for believers today, and asks very pointed practical application questions.

I think that this book is best for young believers or Christians not very familiar with the Old Testament and/or reading the Old Testament in a Christocentric, gospel-centered way. For that group, this book is a tremendous resource that will bring eye-opening revelation about how the book of Exodus points to Christ. For those who have been reading the Old Testament for some time with an eye toward types and shadows of Christ, I think this book is a bit basic. Nevertheless, I found this an enjoyable read. I’m thankful for such a faithful, solid resource that is grounded in solid theology and good hermeneutics. I highly recommend this book to all who would like a little bit of help in reading/interpreting the Old Testament, especially the book of Exodus. If you haven’t seen the depths of God’s grace, the unfolding of God’s redemptive plan, and the glorious foreshadowings of Christ in the book of Exodus, pick up this book.

Purchase: Westminster | Amazon

*Many thanks to my friends at P&R for sending me a copy in exchange for an unbiased review!

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  1. Thank you for this review!

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