Central Themes in Biblical Theology

Mapping Unity in Diversity

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"Together the essays demonstrate that constructive biblical theology is at work among evangelically minded scholars, and their contributions are worthy of reflection."--J. Andrew Dearman, Horizons in Biblical Theology

To lift a phrase from Mark Twain, the reports of the death of biblical theology have been greatly exaggerated. Instead, recent years have seen a robust comeback in the discipline, fueled by the recognition that the Bible is indeed a theological book from and for the believing community.

A common approach to the discipline is to examine the theology found in given biblical books or authors or the individual Testaments. While this approach has value, what is sometimes missed is the overarching unity of the biblical message. Christians have long believed that Scripture has a unified message, even though it has been expressed in different ways at different times through history. It is this approach--a "Whole Bible Biblical Theology"--that is taken in this collection of studies.

Seven key theological themes that wend their way through Scripture are examined, each by a respected evangelical scholar: covenant relationship, God's commands, the atonement, the Servant of the Lord, the Day of the Lord, God's people, and the history of redemption. A unique aspect of the project is that the essays were not done in isolation but in collaborative dialogue and critique. Here is profitable reading for scholars and students alike.

Contributors

Scott J. Hafemann on the covenant relationship

Thomas R. Schreiner on the commands of God

Frank S. Thielman on the atonement

Stephen G. Dempster on the servant of the Lord

Paul R. House on the day of the Lord

Elmer A. Martens on the people of God

Roy E. Ciampa on the history of redemption


The Authors

  1. Scott Hafemann

    Scott Hafemann

    Scott J. Hafemann (DrTheol, Eberhard-Karls-Universitat Tubingen) is reader in New Testament studies at the University of St. Andrews. He is the author of numerous articles and of Paul, Moses, and the History of Israel; The God of Promise and the Life...

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  2. Scott J. Hafemann

    Scott J. Hafemann

    Scott J. Hafemann (DrTheol, Eberhard-Karls-Universitat Tubingen) is reader in New Testament studies at the University of St. Andrews. He is the author of numerous articles and of Paul, Moses, and the History of Israel; The God of Promise and the Life...

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  3. Paul House

    Paul House

    Paul R. House (PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is associate dean and professor of divinity at Beeson Divinity School. He is author of Old Testament Theology, Old Testament Survey, The Unity of the Twelve, and commentaries on...

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Reviews

"This book is the fruit of the labors of seven scholars working both individually and together to provide what they consider a 'progression of mind.'. . . The essays are all the fruit of rigorous scholarship. They will be of interest to the serious student of the Bible."--Bible Today

"[This book] will be helpful to preachers."--R. Albert Mohler Jr., Preaching

"This is a successful attempt to isolate some of the major theological motifs of the Old and New Testaments which, woven together with care, provide the core structure and emphases for a credible biblical theology. The contributors to this project, all of whom have made significant contributions to biblical scholarship, have collaborated here to make available to the thoughtful reader helpful overviews of each of the themes they address. . . . Each chapter reflects careful attention to the biblical texts and to current and important secondary literature."--Eugene H. Merrill, Bibliotheca Sacra

"Each topic covers material important to a theological interpretation of the Bible and each allows the author to present a portion of biblical theology at work according to methods he has chosen. . . . The authors, whatever the particularities of their subjects, have taken the time to explore them with some thoroughness. Together the essays demonstrate that constructive biblical theology is at work among evangelically minded scholars, and their contributions are worthy of reflection."--J. Andrew Dearman, Horizons in Biblical Theology

"A good collection of essays in biblical theology. Its underlying premises may not always be congenial to traditional biblical studies, but these writers think the task is too big and important for the narrow interests of that guild. They wish to foster dialogue with a range of theological studies. That is to be applauded even if significant debate over the details these authors present will continue."--Kent Brower, Journal for the Study of the New Testament

"Two leading evangelical biblical theologians, Scott Hafemann and Paul House, have edited a collection of essays that includes their own contributions as well as key treatments from five other scholars, all in the prime of their careers. . . . These essays have benefited from significant interaction from leading thinkers. . . . These essays are fine examples of biblical theology. They are up-to-date, strong articulations of seasoned scholars, and at the same time this volume serves as an excellent starting point for anyone engaging these issues for the first time. It is exciting to read these essays, as they helpfully establish a wide angle view of the whole canon that is focused through careful interpretation of texts in context. We applaud the editors, and may their tribe of biblical theologians increase!"--James M. Hamilton Jr., Criswell Theological Review

"Those who desire to study Biblical Theology would do well to consider this book."--Charles Ray, Journal of Dispensational Theology