Monday, December 31, 2012

A Layman Looks at the Lamb of God by W. Phillip Keller

book cover
A Layman Looks at the Lamb of God
by W. Phillip Keller

ISBN-13: 9780871233141
Trade Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Released: June 1, 1982

Source: Borrowed from my church library.

Book Description from Back Cover:
Phillip Keller traces the main Bible events which prefigured Christ the Lamb. These six word pictures culminate in the story of Christ Himself in His matchless role as the divine sacrifice for sins.

My Review:
A Layman Looks at the Lamb of God is a study of Old Testament events which point to Christ as the Lamb and the New Testament events that fulfill this role.

The author looked at six examples of foreshadowing Christ as a lamb: Adam and Eve's covering, Cain and Abel's offerings, Abraham's near-sacrifice of Isaac, the Passover lamb, the scapegoat, and the lamb in Isaiah. Each event was discussed in a separate chapter. The final chapter was a look at Christ fulfilling his role of lamb in the New Testament.

There was very little about shepherding or lambs in this devotional. There was a fair amount of speculation, some of which I'd agree with because it's consistent with the Bible as a whole. However, he based some of his studies on speculation rather than information specifically stated in the Bible. And I'm not even sure where he got some of his speculations from, like some ideas he stated--as if fact--about Nazareth and Jesus' growing up years. While I though the book was useful to make a person think, I'd suggest that people double-check what the Bible actually says after reading it so they can separate speculation from fact.

If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.

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