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Old Testament Quotations in the New Testament

Want a book that compares nearly all(or perhaps all) New Testament quotations of the Old?   Old Testament quotations in the New Testament by Gleason L. Archer and Gregory Chirichigno does that in a chart form.   Made up of nearly a hundred and seventy pages of charts made up of four columns on two large pages. The first column gives the Masoretic text of the verse, the second gives the Septuagint rendering, the third gives the New Testament quotation of the verse and the fourth offers commentary on   the differences.   Now, keep in mind that each of these texts are given in their original languages, not in English.    English is used in the introductions ,instructions and commentary(which also translates some of the texts).   Now, I don't know Hebrew and am just learning Koine Greek, but I still find this book very useful.   Since all of the text references are given in English, I can look up and compare the English verses in the Old and New Testaments, and use my English tr

Suprised by Suffering - By R. C. Sproul

I keep hearing about, and seeing, books that imply(or directly state) that suffering in the life of a Christian is abnormal.    Actually, suffering is one of the most normal things in the life of a Christian.    That suffering may be physical(persecution, disease, handicap, etc...) or mental(caused by self-denial, struggles to keep focused, slaying of lusts..etc.), but it certainly isn't strange.    Peter writes to the Churches,   " Dear friends, do not be surprised by the fiery ordeal that is taking place among you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. Instead, because you are participating in the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that you may be glad and shout for joy when his glory is revealed. " (1Pe 4:12-13 ISV)   And thus the title of Sproul's book, 'Surprised by Suffering', in which he strives to take away the element of 'surprise' and points out that we should not be surprised by suffering, but rather, in t