God's Blueprint - What does the Old Testament really say?
by Steve Maltz
ISBN 9780956229670 224 pages
Also available on Kindle
The Hebrew Scriptures, the Old Testament, has had a bit of a battering of late. Is it just the prelude to the New Testament? Has it served its purpose, now that we have a “better covenant”? Or do we ignore it at our peril?
With his customary humour, pacey style and shrewd insights, Steve reveals a goldmine of discovery and delights as the Old Testament is laid bare like never before. You will discover:
- Recurring themes that build up a wonderful picture of God
- The actions and teachings of the Biblical prophets in context
- The benefits of viewing the Scriptures Hebraically
- New insights revealed by the One New Man Bible translation
"Steve's goal is to be soundly biblical and very practical in his applications, yet he deals with matters that could so easily be dry as dust. Namely, what does the Old Testament really say? Yes, I know: you thought you knew, didn't you? Well I thought I knew and I've been a Bible teacher for fifty years! In reviewing this book I've learned a lot I simply didn't know before! I'm glad I know it now!
Our Lord Jesus the Messiah had a view of the Hebrew Scriptures (the Old Testament) that was stratospheric! He could not have given it higher value in His own daily life and in the training of the disciples. Jesus lived and breathed the Hebrew Scriptures: His Father's precious Word. If we are to follow Him and learn from Him, our determination needs to be as intense as His. That's why Steve's book is essential reading.
Here is an overview of the entire Old Testament library, emphasising the Jewishness of it and the deep meanings to be unearthed from the Hebrew text. I found it to be fascinating and very faith building. If you think you can't afford it (!), sell your shirt to buy it!
Chris Hill, Bible teacher, speaker and broadcaster
"Maltz explains how God has set out His blueprint for right relationship with Himself – through a Chosen People and through a Teaching (Torah....
'God’s Blueprint' is Maltz’s attempt to help us see the broad connections, the beautiful bigger picture revealing both God’s heart and God’s righteous standards. Whilst the big picture is drawn with broad strokes, it is delivered by Maltz with sufficient fine detail drawn out in fine brush strokes to reveal huge truths that are often missed even by the diligent student...
Maltz has an engaging style and a Biblically astute understanding which he shares in an engaging manner. This book is a reasonably easy read, made more so by Maltz’s reverent use of light humour and occasional irony.
Maltz’s book helps to put the whole Old Testament into a recognisable context. “God’s Blueprint” is a ‘road map’ to help us navigate the bigger obstacles to understanding... Highly recommended – 5*"
Peter Sammons, author of The Birth of Christ and One Flesh – both published by Glory to Glory Publications
God’s Blueprint is a survey of the Hebrew Scriptures approached and written in the author’s own inimitable style. Steve Maltz teaches and informs in a contemporary, entertaining and respectful way, while also teasing out the Hebraisms of Scripture. Steve leads the reader on a country walk taking in the off-the-beaten-track scenery, and breathing the air of God’s people including the prophets, priests and kings from Genesis to Malachi. He explains how God grabs our attention and the unexpected choice of people He used to carry out His purposes—even using those who oppose Him to bring about His desired response and direction for His chosen people. Guiding them, even when they have deviated, drawing them back into travelling God’s way and to His schedule. The Jews, he claims, have an undeniable future.
Using the Hebrew Scriptures the author walks on through the art gallery of time. Taking the Prophets and the Psalms he points to God’s brush strokes that speak of Jesus, and how He is colourfully and unmistakably splashed all over the place—His birth, life, death, and reign on earth.
Explaining the Hebraic meaning of words and phrases as the author does on occasions, deepens and enlarges our understanding of God’s Word to man. This is a book that should be found on every Christian’s bookshelf. It is a book that will be constantly dipped into as a refreshing Bible study aid.
Malcolm Baker, Pointers ministries