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4.0 out of 5 stars A solid analysis of biblical theology, November 26, 2012
This review is from: Understanding Biblical Theology: A Comparison of Theory and Practice (Paperback)
The discipline of biblical theology, when used in a God-honoring biblical way, can yield many helpful insights into the truths of Holy Scripture. Yet the discipline itself has sometimes been used for other purposes. In addition, not everyone is agreed upon what biblical theology "actually is". Various approaches and definitions exist and this is evident from the many different OT and NT theologies available today from biblical scholars.

With the purpose of bringing clarity to the discussion, Klink and Lockett have written this book designed to compare various approaches to biblical theology highlighting their unique attributes and theories. This book essentially serves as a handbook on various hermeneutical approaches to the interpretation and application of Scripture.

The authors divide the approaches between the more historical and more theological. This provides a spectrum in which the approaches can be analyzed. The authors study a number of scholars past and present, such as James Barr, D.A. Carson, N.T. Wright, and Francis Watson.

This book helps one to appreciate some of the hermeneutical questions that must be answered by the interpreter. One might be lead to think that the various OT, NT, and full biblical theologies on the market are essentially the same, but often there are quite varying approaches to the subject matter. Thankfully, this book provides some clarity in its winsome analysis of these approaches. The student will come away with a better understanding of the discipline of biblical theology, its usefulness, its limitations, and its future use in the life of the church.

Thank you to Zondervan for providing me with a review copy of this book.
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