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Central themes in Biblical theology: Mapping Unity In Diversity Paperback – February 16, 2007
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`Biblical theology' attempts to embrace the message of the
Bible holistically and to describe this wholeness using biblical
categories. These essays focus on selected central themes and their
development across the canon, and demonstrate the essential unity of the
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- Publisher : Apollos (February 16, 2007)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1844741664
- ISBN-13 : 978-1844741663
- Item Weight : 1.16 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.14 x 0.69 x 9.21 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,854,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #53,954 in Christian Bible Study (Books)
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This volume presents the seasoned reflections of seven biblical scholars from diverse backgrounds and institutions on a variety of biblical motifs. Scott Hafemann leads off with his essay on The Covenant Relationship. He does a fine job of demonstrating how God revealed himself throughout history within the matrix of a covenant relationship with his people. Hafemann brings clarity to this important biblical concept while stressing grace and the relational aspects of covenant. Thomas Schreiner follows with The Commands of God, an insightful look at God's commandments throughout all of Scripture, and its implications for those who follow Christ. Frank Thielman's chapter on The Atonement brings a much-needed corrective to modern misconceptions on the nature of the atonement and its consequent implications regarding God's character. In The Servant of the Lord, Steven Dempster connects ruling with servanthood and shows how these themes find their ultimate fulfillment in the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul House's, The Day of the Lord, is not only beneficial theologically, it is also methodologically sensitive to the diverse manner in which this theme unfolds in biblical history - this is delightful reading. The People of God by Elmer Martens is also yields many valuable insights while providing a paradigm for reading the cannon intertextually. Finally, Roy Ciampa's look at The History of Redemption offers a panoramic view of God's redemptive work throughout history. The careful reader of this publication will find seven helpful guides on the road to biblical-theological reflection.
A final word is in order. For those who wish to wade into the waters of biblical theology, Andreas Köstenberger's editorial in The Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society is a great place to start (JETS Vol.55, No.1).
This is one of the most helpful books I have read in a long while. Precise in meaning, broadening in vision, provoking in thought. How are we to view the 66 books contained in the Bible as one continuous flow of thought from the revelatory God? Sure... redemptive history seems the most obvious answer, but isn't there more to it than that? Is that the only thing that unifies the Word of God? Hafemann and House think not--they've edited this book compiling two essays of their own with essays from other leading scholars:
Hafemann on the covenant relationship
Schreiner on the commands of God
Thielman on the atonement
Dempster on the servant of the Lord
House on the day of the Lord
Martens on the people of God
Ciampa on the history of redemption
Readers will not agree with every assertion made in the book (when is that ever not the case), but the evidence contained therein will force such a reader to substantiate their own claims. Very helpful read, and necessary for an engaging theological mind.