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- Publisher: Crossway (June 30, 2015)
- Language: English
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“The widespread tendency to treat the Bible as if it has been dropped straight down from heaven into the hands of the individual believer significantly inhibits the life and hampers the mission of the church. This series of Short Studies in Biblical Theology holds important promise of helping to remedy this situation with its goal of providing pastors and their congregations with studies of key biblical themes that will foster a growing understanding and appreciation of the redemptive-historical flow and Christ-centered focus of Scripture as a whole. I look forward with anticipation to the appearance of these volumes.”
—Richard B. Gaffin Jr., Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology, Emeritus, Westminster Theological Seminary
“At last, biblical theology made accessible to the wider church! Goldsworthy gets this much-needed new series of mercifully shorter books on biblical theology off to a wonderful start with an instructive and edifying exploration of the Son of God through the Scriptures. This book cannot but produce greater love of the Bible, greater worship of the Son, and greater anticipation of the new creation.”
—David Murray, Professor of Old Testament and Practical Theology, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary
“Goldsworthy has devoted his lifetime’s work to helping us understand the organic unity of the Bible. He has had a huge influence on my understanding of how the Old Testament anticipates Christ. I recommend this important work to all readers, particularly pastors and laypeople who want to see Christ in the Old Testament.”
—Tremper Longman III, Distinguished Scholar of Biblical Studies, Westmont College
“In this focused little book, Goldsworthy does what he does best—he helps us connect the dots that punctuate the Bible from beginning to end. This book provides those of us who may have quickly read past biblical references to Jesus as the Son of God, thinking we have grasped the meaning of the term, with a tour of its variations and implications throughout Scripture, putting it in context of the failure of previous sons—Adam, Israel, and Solomon—so we might grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
—Nancy Guthrie, author, Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament Bible study series
“Goldsworthy has provided serious Bible students an excellent treatment of why and how God the Son took on flesh to save the children of God for the kingdom of God. Linking New Testament themes to their Old Testament sources, Goldsworthy demonstrates the importance of the unity of the Bible, union with Christ, and hope based in God’s coming kingdom. This is a solid beginning to an important series.”
—Paul R. House, Professor of Divinity, Beeson Divinity School; author, Old Testament Theology
“A thought-provoking, careful, and engaging study of an important, and often misunderstood, notion. A great resource for further thinking!”
—C. John Collins, Professor of Old Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary; author, Did Adam and Eve Really Exist?; Old Testament editor, ESV Study Bible
“The resurgence of interest in biblical theology owes much, perhaps most, to Graeme Goldsworthy. Who better, then, to inaugurate Crossway’s Short Studies in Biblical Theology? And there is no better way for such a series to start than with the Son of God, in whom all the promises are yes and amen.”
—James M. Hamilton Jr., Professor of Biblical Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; author, God’s Glory in Salvation through Judgment
“Goldsworthy writes with a clarity that is possible only for someone who has reflected deeply on the issues and is a master of his subject. This is not just a fine study of a biblical theme, but an excellent example of sound biblical-theological method. Don’t miss the last few pages, which show just how pastorally significant this book is.”
—Barry G. Webb, Senior Research Fellow Emeritus in Old Testament, Moore Theological College
“There are many rich and vibrant themes that course throughout the Bible, and Goldsworthy has traced the idea of the Son of God with clarity, precision, and discernment. The Scriptures are massive, but with this little book we have a clear line of sight to learn more about the significance of this idea, whether as sons of God or as we contemplate the glory of the one and only Son of God, Jesus Christ. Anyone can profit from reading this study from one of today’s insightful biblical theologians.”
—J. V. Fesko, Academic Dean and Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology, Westminster Seminary California
“In this worshipful book, Goldsworthy focuses on the incarnate Son of God as the climax of redemptive history and considers how his role relates to his also being God the Son as part of the Trinity. This book is for all who treasure Jesus and want to understand better how the whole Bible testifies about him. I delightfully recommend this book.”
—Jason S. DeRouchie, Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Theology, Bethlehem College & Seminary
About the Author
Graeme Goldsworthy (PhD, Union Theological Seminary) previously served as a lecturer in biblical theology, Old Testament, and hermeneutics at Moore Theological College in Sydney, Australia. Graeme lives in Brisbane, Australia, with his wife, Miriam. They have four adult children.
Dane C. Ortlund (PhD, Wheaton College) is the executive vice president of Bible publishing and Bible publisher at Crossway. He serves as an editor for the Knowing the Bible series and the Short Studies in Biblical Theology series, and is the author of several books, including Edwards on the Christian Life. He lives with his wife, Stacey, and their five children in Wheaton, Illinois.
Miles V. Van Pelt (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the Alan Belcher Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Languages, academic dean, and director of the Summer Institute for Biblical Languages at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi. He also serves on the pastoral staff of Grace Reformed Church in Madison, Mississippi. He and his wife, Laurie, have four children.
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The author makes sure he establishes his bottom line:
Jesus as Son of God is also God the Son, the eternal second person of the Godhead. But our salvation and eternal destiny depend on his being the incarnate one who is revealed as Son of God. Jesus in his person and work sums up the pattern of creation that establishes the nature of the kingdom of God.
This central thought is exposed and re-articulated in several ways as Goldsworthy reveals the person and work of Jesus from creation to consummation. “Jesus as the Son of God, by his death and resurrection, was putting the whole universe back together from the futility to which it has been subjected because of human rebellion against the Creator.”
The Son of God and the New Creation is designed for laymen but is a challenging read, nonetheless. I expect Goldsworthy’s work to be used in Bible Colleges and Seminaries and should be a welcome addition to every pastor’s theological library.
I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.
Over the past could of months, I have been drawn to books that have focused on a particular theme, tracing the use of certain terms, phrases, and concepts all through Scripture, exploring their use and importance. While some may find those types of books a little dull, from my experience, understanding words, patterns, and principles in Scripture is of the utmost importance. Misapply a term or misunderstand its meaning, in particular its specific use in Scripture in a particular context or in various periscope and you quite possible might negatively impact your grasp of what God is revealing.
When it comes to the term Son of God, we have before us a term title pregnant with meaning and purpose. As Goldsworthy rightly notes, “The title Son of God clearly indicates a special relationship between Jesus and God the Father.” Of course the exact nature of this relationship is something in need of exploring and Goldsworthy does a marvelous job of doing just that in this book.
Before setting out on his thematic journey through the Bible, Goldworthy first sets some essential ground rules on the nature of doing a thematic study of Scripture. This is most appreciated and necessary on a number of levels. He aptly reminds the reader that “As we examine our subject and related themes, we bear in mind the structure of redemptive revelation.” A title such as the son of God can be traced through all of Scripture and in doing so, one must be cognizant of the progressive nature of its use and how this title always points to Jesus.
Goldsworthy begins his study with the New Testament and then works backwards to the Old Testament. This may seem a bit backwards at first glance given most thematic studies start with an examination of the Old Testament and then move forward into the New Testament witness. Goldsworthy provides a relevant explanation for starting with the New Testament, namely the reality that unfortunately, many are not as familiar or well versed in the Old Testament as they are in the new. Thus, he begins by taking a look at more familiar passages and then moves into the Old Testament text by looking at Adam, the various uses of the son of God title, all the while working in those more familiar New Testament texts into the conversation.
I fully appreciated the manner by which Goldsworthy approaches this important topic. Those who read this short yet informative book will be presented with a valuable journey through Scripture, one that weaves together what Jesus as the son of God is all about, why it is biblically important, and how to understand the sheer beauty of this son of God and what he did on our behalf. This is a book I highly recommend for all believers.
I received this book for free from Crossway Books and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”