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“I was riveted. Never do I sit down and read sixty pages of ANY book that I get in the mail. But I could not stop—could not stop reading and could not stop rejoicing over God’s Glory in Salvation through Judgment. It is the kind of overview of redemptive history Edwards wanted to write. It’s what I hoped would be written.”
—John Piper, Founder, desiringGod.org; Chancellor, Bethlehem College and Seminary
“As readers of Scripture we long to know the message of the Bible as a whole. We do not want to miss the forest for the trees. Unfortunately, there are few books that help us to be faithful to the whole counsel of God. What a delight, then, to read Jim Hamilton’s book where the story line of the Scriptures is unfolded. Hamilton rightly sees that the glory of God is at the center of the scriptural record, demonstrating with careful attention to the biblical text the supremacy of God in both the Old Testament and the New. Scholars, students, and laypeople will all profit from reading this work, which instructs the mind, enlivens the heart, and summons us to obedience.”
—Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
“In an era when centers in general no longer hold, Hamilton makes a strong case for the centrality to biblical theology of what C. H. Dodd called the ‘two-beat rhythm’ of biblical history: salvation through judgment. Hamilton discovers this theme in every book of the Bible and argues that it is the heartbeat of God’s ultimate purpose: the publication of his glory. In seeking to do justice to scriptural unity and diversity alike, Hamilton’s work represents biblical theology at its best.”
—Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Research Professor of Systematic Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
“Centered on the important themes of salvation and judgment, Hamilton’s book models well how a thematic approach toward biblical theology might be applied to the whole of Scripture. It is to be warmly welcomed as an invitation to reflect on biblical truth and an opportunity to dialogue on how the unity of the Old and New Testaments may be articulated best.”
—T. Desmond Alexander, Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies and Director of Postgraduate Studies, Union Theological College
“Who said that the search for a center in biblical theology is a dead end? In this bold and courageous book, which deals with the entire Bible, James Hamilton Jr. dons the mantle of an explorer in search of the holy grail of biblical theology. As he journeys through the Bible, there are many sights in the biblical landscape that will arrest the attention of those who accompany him, including the pivotal revelation of God in Exodus 34:6–7. Hamilton’s thoughtful analysis and reflection provide many insights into the biblical text. While you may not agree with all of his conclusions, you won’t come back from your journey with him without a greater sense of God’s majesty and glory. Rather than being a dead end, this is a gateway into a new world.”
—Stephen G. Dempster, Professor of Religious Studies, Crandall University
James M. Hamilton Jr. (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is professor of biblical theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and preaching pastor at Kenwood Baptist Church. He is the author of God's Glory in Salvation through Judgment and the Revelation volume in the Preaching the Word commentary series.
As a book to sit down and read cover to cover I would rate it a 4 star.
It is easy to read, understand and Dr. Hamilton does a great job of pointing to the central theme of Biblical Theology, God's Glory.
This theme of God's glory in salvation through judgment is everywhere in the Bible as Dr. Hamilton demonstrates.
I loved the meticulous way that the author walks through the entire Bible to clearly display that the major theme of the Scriptures is exactly what the title suggests; God's Glory... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Trent B
This is an excellent biblical theology. It follows the central theme of Scripture thoroughly through all 66 books of the Bible. Read morePublished 4 months ago by T. J. riley
"God’s Glory in Salvation through Judgment" by James Hamilton is a 550+ page discussion of Hamilton’s thesis, namely, that the main theme of the Bible is “God’s glory in... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Shane Lems
I found Hamilton's work to be well done. Sometimes I feel he makes a bit of a stretch to carry the idea through, but it obviously is a major theme throughout Scripture.Published 11 months ago by Todd
It gives an even better understanding as it really shows the perspective of the authors and the people of that time. Really enjoyed reading it.Published 11 months ago by Bethany
This is the best, detailed, easy to read and understand book on this subject I have read so far. I have no problems recommending this book to anyone. Read morePublished 13 months ago by GLC
Could the author really reduce the underlying theme of the Bible to such a simple statement? I was skeptical that this was an accurate distillation of the Bible's theology,... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Finance Prof