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"A wonderfully clear and faithful account of biblical theology. This book is both intellectually compelling and honoring to God and so deserves to be widely read."
--Simon Gathercole, University of Cambridge

"From the garden of Eden to the garden of Paradise, Tom Schreiner deftly takes the reader through the entire narrative of the history of redemption. Giving attention to every part of the canonical Scriptures, Schreiner shows how the Bible coheres under the theme of the kingdom or rule of God. The payoff is a feast of theological, practical, and devotional insights. In a simple, direct, and nontechnical way, this book will bring Christians to a new understanding and appreciation of the entire Bible."
--Donald A. Hagner, Fuller Theological Seminary

"Schreiner's one-volume biblical theology is a bountiful bonanza of biblical storytelling. In a time when biblical studies has become partitioned between the Hebrew Bible and the Greek New Testament, Schreiner reminds us that there is one God, one book, and one story. A nuanced and much-needed book to help Christians understand what the Bible is about and how it all hangs together."
--Michael F. Bird, Crossway College, Brisbane, Australia

"Having written major volumes on Pauline theology and New Testament theology, Tom Schreiner places a remarkable capstone on his work by tackling a biblical theology of the entire canon of Scripture. And he is up to the task, clearly and consistently tracing the theme of God as King and the ultimate triumph of the kingdom of God from Genesis through Revelation. Few volumes have dealt so comprehensively and so well with the grand narrative of Scripture from beginning to end."
--Mark L. Strauss, Bethel Seminary San Diego

"A book that wonderfully unites all the books of the Bible. Few authors have the command of learning, the gift of teaching, and the heart for God that this volume reflects. Digest this book to elevate your grasp of the Bible and to find your soul riveted like never before to the King in his beauty."
--Robert W. Yarbrough, Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri

About the Author

Thomas R. Schreiner (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. His numerous books include New Testament Theology and Romans in the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Academic; 6/15/13 edition (July 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801039398
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801039393
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Christopher Lazo on November 11, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I had this book on my Amazon wish list the year before it came out.

For three reasons. First, Dr. Thomas Schreiner is one of my favorite scholars. I read through his prestigious commentary on Romans, and developed a deep appreciation for his scholarly writing voice, and well as the sheer depth of his focus. Second, Biblical Theologies are a favorite area of study for me---at least for the last year. It is often entrenched in complexity, so Graeme Goldsworthy's definition will serve the purpose of this blog post well: Biblical Theology is "the study of how every text in the Bible relates to every other text in the Bible" (Christ-Centered Biblical Theology, 40). To boil it down further, it's the unifying storyline of Scripture. Third, the name alone is awesome: The King in His Beauty. This just makes me want to pick it up and swim in glorious truth!

Now that I'm done with this hefty book (700+ pages), I've provided a not-brief summary of what it's about, some reasons for reading it, potential drawbacks, and a few concluding remarks. Let's go for a swim!


The King in His Beauty is foremost a Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments. Biblical Theology (BT) may sound confusing if you've never heard the term before, because we sometimes use the word "biblical" when referring to something correct or orthodox; so it may sound like we are talking about a theology that is orthodox. But that's not what we are talking about (although it assumes the theology is correct!). BT is an area of study, dealing primarily with the story of Scripture, a search for the "center" to that story, and the process of how God reveals that story. Think of it as a view of the Bible from 30,000 feet: you are taking it all in at once.
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The King In His Beauty by Tom Schreiner is a book about biblical theology. But my suspicion is the author would agree enthusiastically with my assertion that the book is a worship manual. Schreiner's work weighs in at 646 pages. Each page is filled with heart-warming theology and mind-stretching propositions. But when the work is considered as a whole - it is, in the final analysis a worship manual.

The book is arranged in nine parts.

Part 1: Creation to the Edge of Canaan

Part 2: The Story of Possession, Exile, and Return

Part 3: lsrael's Songs and Wisdom

Part 4: Judgment and Salvation in the Prophets

Part 5: The Kingdom in Matthew, Mark, and Luke-Acts

Part 6: Eternal Life in the Gospel and Epistles of John

Part 7: The End of Ages Has Come According to the Apostle Paul

Part 8: Living in the Last Days According to the General Epistles

Part 9: The Kingdom Will Come

Schreiner makes it clear that Redemptive history is going somewhere: "The Scriptures promise that there will be a new heaven and a new earth - a new creation where the glory of God will illumine the cosmos. So, the kingdom of God has a threefold dimension, focusing on God as King, on human beings as subjects of the King, and the universe as the place where his kingship is worked out."

The author demonstrates over and over again that Christ is the King; Christ intends to fulfill his promises; that the offspring of the woman will be the Victor; he will triumph over the serpent through the son of David (Gen. 3:15). He reiterates the theme that runs throughout the Scripture, namely, the theme of judgment followed by salvation.
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I have been looking forward to this book for quite some time as Dr. Schreiner has been immensely helpful in my spiritual growth over the past few years (even though I don't agree with him about everything). Needless to say, I was not disappointed in the least with this book. I have admittedly not made it through this entire book (it is 736 pages long), but what I have read so far has been outstanding and really backs up Schreiner's main thesis that the "kingdom of God" fits well as the central theme of the entire Bible (including those books of the Bible that don't ever mention the words "king", "kingdom", "rule" or "reign" specifically). Schreiner systematically, but in a very readable format, talks about the "kingdom of God" in every book of the Bible and never shies away from the tough questions he has to face as it pertains to backing up his thesis. On a personal note, I found his chapter on 2 Peter/Jude to be very well-written as Schreiner talked about the common themes prevalent in both books of the Bible, specifically drawing attention to the "lordship of Christ" and really showed that he had spent quality time in both of these books which is saying something since these are books of the Bible that are rarely delved into in any kind of worthwhile detail showing that they have been correctly understood.

Title: The King in His Beauty: A Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments

Author: Tom Schreiner

Publisher: Baker Academic (2013)

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