In the tradition of exegetical handbooks, Beale's Handbook on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament lays out the basic principles one needs to be an effective and faithful interpreter of the New Testament's appropriation of the Old Testament. This includes criteria for identifying uses of the OT by NT writers as well as for determining the type of usage (direct quote, allusion, paraphrase, etc). Finally, Beale lays out the theological premises that must be established before one can begin a systematic interpretation.
Following on the heels of the Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament, and Beale's landmark A New Testament Biblical Theology, this guide is a perfect aid for students and ministers who are either beginning or have progressed to some degree into this field. Critically important to biblical studies--within the church and the academy--this book provides a reliable framework from which to engage the most serious questions.