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"Christ-Centered Biblical Theology is a welcomed addition to the growing literature on biblical theology. Readers will find it lucid, insightful and encouraging. Particularly beneficial is the way in which Goldsworthy allows readers to understand his journey in biblical theology and his passion for the discipline. This book, along with Goldsworthy's other writings, have contributed and will continue to contribute to the growing interest in biblical theology." (John W. Latham, Biblical Theology Bulletin, Volume 44, 2014)

"I definitely enjoyed reading this book. It is well written and informative. I learned from it, and the book spurred my thinking. What's more I think it makes a number of important contributions, among them the promotion of a Christ-centered biblical theology among evangelicals. Christ-Centered Biblical Theology could be used for an introductory course on biblical theology or for personal study." (Joel Willitts, Bulletin for Biblical Research, 23.3)

"Goldsworthy's book is a stimulating read. It forces the reader to reconsider basic interpretive assumptions. It will encourage people to pull Vos and Clowney off their shelves and reread their rich works." (Prof. J.V. Fesko, New Horizons, August-September 2013)

"Once again, Goldsworthy has produced an important volume that contributes to a Christological understanding of biblical theology. Interestingly, Goldsworthy covers some issues and subjects not addressed in his previous writings. That alone makes this volume worthy, but the volume also serves as a helpful primer to biblical theology." (R. Albert Mohler Jr., Preaching, March/April 2013)

"[Goldsworthy's] main point is one that needs to be heard throughout Christendom. In the blizzard of sermons and commentaries on short passages, it's easy to lose sight of the big picture. Goldsworthy restores that vision to his readers." (Caleb Nelson, World Magazine, February 2, 2013)

"Christ-Centered Biblical Theology will help readers reflect deeply on the nature and structure of BT [Biblical Theology]." (Brent E. Parker, Credo Magazine, August 2012)

"For many years I have admired the good things coming out of Moore Theological College. It's high time that the biblical theology being done down under be put front and center in North America. In an age of increasing specialization and fragmentation where even biblical things come apart, Goldsworthy's approach to the unity of Scripture is an important countercultural blast." (Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Wheaton College Graduate School)

"Graeme Goldsworthy's contribution to the study of biblical theology has been enormous. In this informative study, he helpfully compares different evangelical approaches, explaining his own preference for the method advocated by Donald Robinson. Supporting a 'three-stage structure of revelation' (biblical history from creation to Solomon, prophetic eschatology, fulfillment in Christ), Goldsworthy gives an interesting insight into those influences which have inspired and shaped his passion for defending and expounding the theological unity of the Bible. For anyone fascinated by biblical theology, and especially Goldsworthy's contribution to this field of study, the present volume is essential reading." (T. Desmond Alexander, Union Theological College, Belfast)

"Over the years readers have benefited from Goldsworthy's work in biblical theology. Now we have the mature and wise reflections of a veteran scholar on how to do biblical theology. I found this book to be edifying and stimulating. Even those who disagree with some dimensions of Goldsworthy's approach will find him to be a challenging conversation partner." (Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary)

"Goldsworthy not only provides a solid commendation of the Robinson-Hebert scheme of BT but also gives guidance for how pastors and theologians can approach the biblical text with confidence that it has a unified story to tell." (Mark Turner, Criswell Theological Review, Fall 2013)

About the Author

Graeme Goldsworthy is an Australian Anglican and Old Testament scholar. He was formerly lecturer in Old Testament, biblical theology and hermeneutics at Moore Theological College in Sydney, Australia and continues to teach there part time. Goldsworthy is the author of According to Plan, Preaching the Whole Bible as Christian Scripture, Gospel & Kingdom,The Gospel in Revelation and The Gospel and Wisdom. He has an MA from Cambridge University and a ThM and PhD from Union Theological Seminary in Virginia.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Academic (April 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830839690
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830839698
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By R. Hayton VINE VOICE on June 13, 2012
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In recent years biblical theology has enjoyed something of a comeback. A robust, Christ-centered, confessional variety of biblical theology is becoming more and more widespread and influential. And if we wanted to find someone to thank for this development, Graeme Goldsworthy's name would come up on anyone's short-list. His books "Gospel and Kingdom", "The Gospel in Revelation", and "Gospel and Wisdom" touched a nerve in the 1980s, and his later book "Preaching the Gospel as Christian Scripture" was picked up by many a Gospel preacher. Some have bristled at what they think is his wild approach to typology. And indeed, for many who pay attention to this theologian from down under, his approach to the Bible is nothing short of revolutionary. His redemptive-historical approach to the Bible has made the Old Testament come alive to thousands of rank-and-file Christians the world over.

"Christ-Centered Biblical Theology: Hermeneutical Foundations and Principles" is Goldsworthy's latest book, and in it he traces some of the influences to his thought. Along the way he gives a history of evangelical biblical theology and weighs the relative merits of competing approaches. He details the tripartite division of redemptive history that he inherited from his mentor, Donald Robinson. And by the end of this book, he has demonstrated just how careful and faithful his approach to Scripture really is.

Goldsworthy begins by explaining the problem. Biblical theology opens the way to a "big picture," grand view of all of Scripture. Yet too many view it as a "lame duck" and a distraction.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on October 26, 2012
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Kevin J. Vanhoozer, in his endorsement of the book, praises the Australian school of biblical theology against the lack of one in North America. He laments the fragmentation of biblical theology, and I assume, of course he means here. No doubt, this is the case, with some following this one or that some following that one, and some following no one but themselves. If there is one singular value in this book -- and there are many -- then it is that an evangelical Anglican scholar from Australia has completely showed American biblical theologians how proper biblical theology is done.

Upon first reading Graeme Goldsworthy's self-introduction in this book, I found it refreshing that an author could trace his theological ancestry as far as he did. After reading the book, I realize that this theological family tree is part and parcel with Goldsworthy overarching scheme of biblical theology. His theological descent is whole, complete, and traceable, without any areas of gray, much like his description of biblical theology. Equally so is his insistence in both realms on a Christ-centered approach. This is one of the most striking features of the book - the focus on every act of Scripture centered on Christ. This becomes almost polemical in denying the contributions of Abelard and others of the moral exemplar view, but taken in context of how Goldsworthy views biblical theology, one can understand the often over the top insistence that all others are liberals. Goldsworthy sees Christ as the goal of Scripture, and any hint of deviation riles him.

The book is systematically divided into eleven chapters where he dogmatically tackles the topics of biblical theology.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jacob Sweeney on May 13, 2012
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Graeme Goldsworthy has been writing about Biblical Theology for a generation. Many of his works have become well-known and loved - and for good reason. He has presented insight to the Scriptures that has been overshadowed by reactions to higher criticism. This concern has led many pastors, professors and Christian educational institutions to spend all their time teaching their people about issues "behind" the text. Even when other's attention was elsewhere, Goldsworthy was more concerned with what the Bible actually said. Now, that biblical theology has been growing in prominence, Goldsworthy has provided another welcome addition to the discipline.

'Christ-Centered Biblical Theology' is Goldsworthy's latest contribution to the field of Biblical Theology. This latest volume is particularly concerned with the guiding hermeneutical principles. In other words, after writing 'about' biblical theology for years he has now written about 'how' it is to be done. Here, Goldsworthy presents the methods he learned from Donald Robinson as a student at Moore Theological College.

Continuously Goldsworthy affirms the positive place of biblical theology in the life of the church. He shows how it benefits the church, the family and the global work of God's people. By providing a text whose emphasis is upon the method of biblical theology he is enabling generations of pastors, parents and teachers to not only share the vast treasures of scripture with their people, he is equipping them to teach others to mine for themselves. This is a welcome addition to Goldsworthy's previous works and all those who love the Bible will benefit from it.
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