One of our bloggers, Stanley E. Porter, has recently come out with a new book published by Baker Academic called Sacred Tradition in the New Testament: Tracing Old Testament Themes in the Gospels and Epistles. It is not your standard OT in the NT treatment but examines rigorously the methodology behind the subject of the OT in the NT, including critical assessments of current ways of approaching the subject. Porter also picks out some key passages where sacred traditions (i.e., the OT but also tradition in general) appear in the NT. One of the chapters is a contribution by Bryan Dyer, who examines the use of Esau in Romans and Hebrews. Porter’s final chapter before the conclusion, the theme of “Jesus Christ” in Paul’s letters, is a unique one in this discussion.
While all of the chapters make a contribution to this subject, I think that his chapters on background and methodology are the most helpful for readers who have an intermediate understanding of “how” the NT uses the OT. He addresses the difficulties of terms such as allusion, echo, and intertextuality that sometimes are used loosely and in an overlapping way. Readers will find this book to be a helpful resource.
— David I. Yoon