Looking through the Shadows - By Adam D. Thropay
There are numerous volumes written on the Levitical offerings both specifically and in the wider context of the Tabernacle and its functioning, so what is there about this book by Adam Thropay that makes it worthy of consideration?
The answer lies in the origin of the book itself, and, therefore it is important that any prospective reader carefully notes the Preface, Introduction and, in particular, the short section called 'Birth of a Book'.
In these, the writer sets out how through study of the Scriptures, together with use of his sizeable library of Jewish books, he has sought to include an ancient Jewish understanding of the first nine chapters of the Book of Leviticus. His aim is that it will be a valuable study aid to preachers and teachers of the Word.
The book, a product of much diligent research and study, is a verse-by-verse, indeed word-by-word, commentary rather than a broad overview of the subject of the offerings, the garments and consecration of the priests.
In viewing the Levitical offerings there are three aspects to consider; firstly, the actual instructions for an Israelite and what they actually meant for him; secondly, the typical teaching of the offerings in relation to the Person and work of Christ; and finally, the practical lessons we can apply to ourselves as believers. In this volume the writer sets out in accurate detail the first of these aspects in how the offerings address the particular need of the individual, how the offering is to be brought and offered, and what benefit results for the offerer. Interwoven into the explanation of the instructions are the typical and practical aspects, with many cross references to New Testament Scripture supplied in support.
Great attention is given to detail; the description and diagrams in relation to the priest taking his handful of the meal offering and the stones in the breastplate for the high priest, to name just two.
Prominence is given to the subject of worship in the book, though the word itself does not appear in Leviticus or any other passages in the Pentateuch dealing with the Tabernacle and Offerings. A comprehensive and instructive consideration of the subject of worship can be found in another STL volume, Worship – The Christian’s Highest Calling, by Mark Sweetnam.
The book is a great study aid, not only to preachers and teachers, its target readership, but to any serious student of Scripture engaging in the study of the Levitical offerings.
Reviewed by Donald Armstrong