Waiting for Christ


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By Ronald Knox & Ronald Cox

Jesus Christ is the key to the Old Testament. As He explains on the road to Emmaus, “This is what I told you, while I still walked in your company; how all that was written of me in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, must be fulfilled.” Explicit references in the New Testament to the Old Testament abound; the Apostles and Church Fathers made frequent appeals to the prophets to prove the divinity of Jesus of Nazareth, the Messiah of Israel.

Yes, Lord, she told him, I have learned to believe that thou art the Christ; thou art the Son of the living God; it is for thy coming the world has waited. (John 11:27)

Waiting for Christ gathers the prophecies foretelling the coming of Christ, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Taking the text from the exceptional Ronald Knox translation of Sacred Scripture, Ronald Cox treats the literally Messianic passages, the types of Christ, and the figures of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Old Testament. Each chapter offers an historical introduction, outlining the main developments of Jewish life and thought during that period and then gives the Messianic excerpts in chronological order. With the fresh flavor of Knox’s translation and the frank insight of Cox’s commentary, Waiting for Christ artfully communicates the wisdom and power of the Word of God.


Ronald Knox (1888–1957) was an English Catholic priest, theologian, and author, and one of the most prominent twentieth-century converts from Anglicanism to Catholicism. Best known for his contemporary English translation of the Scriptures (the “Knox Bible”), he wrote numerous works of apologetics and collections of ser­mons, retreat conferences, and lectures, as well as six detective novels.

Ronald Cox (1911–1970) was an Australian Catholic priest of the Congregation of the Mission and a professor of theology and biblical studies. In addition to Waiting for Christ, his translation-and-commentary collaborations with Monsignor Knox also include The Gospel Story and It Is Paul Who Writes.

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Paperback: 322pp.

ISBN: 978-1685952242