- Hardcover: 702 pages
- Publisher: Moody Publishers; First Edition edition (June 8, 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0802434282
- ISBN-13: 978-0802434289
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Moody Handbook of Theology Hardcover – June 8, 1989
-Louis Barbieri, ThD, chair and professor of theology, Moody Bible Institute
From the Back Cover
The study of God, His nature, and His Word are all essential to the Christian faith. Now those interested in Christian theology have a newly revised and updated reference tool in the 25th Anniversary Edition of The Moody Handbook of Theology.
In this classic and timeless one-volume resource, Paul Enns offers a comprehensive overview of the five dimensions of theology: biblical, systematic, historical, dogmatic, and contemporary. Each section includes an introduction, chapters on key points, specific studies pertinent to that theology, books for further study, and summary evaluations of each dimension. Charts, graphs, glossary, and indexes add depth and breadth.
Theology, once the domain of academicians and learned pastors, is now accessible to anyone interested in understanding the essentials of what Christians believe. The Moody Handbook of Theology is a concise doctrinal reference tool for newcomers and seasoned veterans alike.
Top Customer Reviews
I particularly like the way the author develops the various layers of theological work starting with exegesis and biblical theology as the underpinning for systematics, dogmatics then contemporary etc. These relationships were not clear to me until I saw them in this book.
If you study theology to any degree, and especially if you are just starting to study it, this is dollar for dollar one of the best books you can invest in. Each topic is treated briefly but with sufficent depth to clarify the various views to help make further study fruitful. There are many lists of other works in the chapter end notes - also has a good subject index. I love this book and expect to continue using it often.
For basic theology books, it is one of two books I recommend for everyone. (The other one is "Practical Christianity" by Floyd Barackman.) Neither of these books would serve well as seminary text books, but rarely are we looking for such material anyway! If you want to get a good understanding of a doctrine in 30 minutes, either of these two books are very good choices. (This is using the book as a reference book, not for general reading. One could certainly simply read the book, but my guess is most owners use it in reference style instead. It has a good index, etc.)
I like how the book starts with Biblical Theology and states that Biblical Theology should lay the foundation for Systematic theology. Too often, we develop our systematic theology first and then read that back into the Bible. This is backwards. We need to let God speak to us first in context, and then build on that foundation.
The book is well footnoted and points you to other excellent resources for further study.
The author is mildly Calvinist, dispensational, young earth and cessationist.
You are never going to agree with an author on everything, especially in a book that touches on as many subjects as this one does. I am not Calvinist or cessationist, so I had some disagreements with him in places.
The only negative for me is that he did not do a very good job in the systematic or Biblical theology sections discussing the Biblical evidence against his views and for the opposing views. That may be because of the nature of the book, but it still felt like the book could have been a bit more balanced. There are Calvinist statements like "regeneration happened in the Old Testament" that are not well supported. I wish it was that presented the alternative views better and did not argue so strongly for Calvinistic thought.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book contains a lot of information in the area of Christian Theology. I will be a better Christian if I master the content of this book.Published 17 days ago by Travis H Allen