Main Session #3: “The Old Testament as Christian Scripture: An Ending in Search of a Story” by Stephen Dempster
Summary: In this session Dr. Dempster explores the importance of understanding and embracing the Old Testament as Christian Scripture. Like the disciples on the road to Emmaus, when we read the Old Testament our hearts should burn within us and we should see the reality that Jesus is the message and fulfillment of those Old Testament Scriptures. Dr. Dempster compares our reading of the New Testament without an Old Testament to an attempt to read J. R. R. Tolkien’s Return of the King without having read the first three volumes–to do so would be to read an ending in search of a story. Likewise, to read the New Testament without the Old is to find an ending in search of a story–the Old Testament is that story!
Dr. Stephen Dempster (PhD, University of Toronto) is Professor of Religious Studies at Crandall University. Dr. Dempster is the author of numerous academic articles on the Old Testament canon and biblical theology. He has also authored two books, Dominion & Dynasty: A Theology of the Hebrew Bible and a forthcoming commentary on Micah in the Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary Series. He and his wife, Judy, have six children: Jessica, Joanna, Nathan, Michael, Holly and Victoria. They also have four grandchildren: Colby, Alexis, Braelyn, and one soon to be born. (See his full bio at http://www.crandallu.ca/staff/stephen-dempster/).