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The Time is Fulfilled:
Five Aspects of the Fulfillment of the Old Testament in the New

F.F. Bruce (Paternoster Press/ Eerdmans, 1978)

Blurb Review


A little gem of a book that is not well known at all and which is unfortunately now out of print. It is made up a collection of essays that formed the basis of the 1977 Moore College lectures in Sydney, Australia. The later Professor Bruce examines five examples of the fulfillment of the Old Testament in the New. In the first essay, from which the book's title is take, Bruce addresses Jesus' words in Mark 1:14-15; "The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God has drawn near; repent and believe the good news." Bruce stresses that in fulfilling the time Jesus is not merely responding passively to conditions favourable to the establishment of his kingdom; rather, he has decisively taken the initiative to inaugurate the fullness of time that he has announced. The other essays discuss other instances of the development of OT themes in the NT: the ways in which Jesus' ministry confirms the testimony of Moses; Abraham as the prototype of those elected by God; the deeper meanings of "a shadow of good things to come" spoken of in Hebrews and "the spirit of prophecy" proclaimed in Revelation.


1. The Time is Fulfilled (Mark 1:15)
2. It is they that bear witness to me (John 5:39)
3. Abraham our Father (Romans 4:1)
4. A shadow of good things to come (Hebrews 10:1)
5. The Spirit of Prophecy (revelation 19:10)

Out of print

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