Main Session #5: “The Old Testament and the Mission of God” by J. Daniel Hays
Summary: In this fifth and final main session of the conference, Dr. Hays explores God’s mission to bring redemption to all nations through Abraham’s offspring. As a part of exploring this key theme in the Scriptures, Dr. Hays also shows how this mission is tied closely with God’s desire to dwell with His people. Consequently, Dr. Hays explores the theme of God’s presence with His people in the Garden, the Tabernacle, the Temple, Jesus, the Church, and the New Jerusalem.
Dr. J. Daniel Hays (PhD, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Professor of Biblical Studies and Dean of the Pruett School of Christian Studies at Ouachita Baptist University. Dr. Hays and his wife Donna were missionaries to Ethiopia from 1982 to 1987, where they were involved in theological education and water development. He has been on the faculty at OBU since 1992. Dr. Hays is the author of numerous books, including The Temple and the Tabernacle and From Every People and Nation. He has also co-authored Grasping God’s Word and Living God’s Word with his OBU colleague J. Scott Duvall. (See full bio at http://www.obu.edu/ christianstudies/ daniel-hays/).