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Overview

The IVP Biblical Theology Collection has been assembled to help scholars, students, and pastors navigate the waters of biblical theology. These ten volumes comprise some of the sharpest scholarship in the discipline and are fine examples of experienced scholarship. I. Howard Marshall’s A Concise New Testament Theology provides an in depth, book-by-book analysis of the message of the New Testament. In Old Testament Theology, Paul R. House addresses the major theological emphasis of each Old Testament book. John Goldingay’s Old Testament Theology presents a detailed and intriguing insight into the theology of the Old Testament. Ben Witherington provides thoughtful insights into New Testament theology in his two volume work The Indelible Image.

With the IVP Biblical Theology Collection you will learn to see the theological vision of the Bible like never before. More than just introductory texts, these volumes attempt to uncover the motion, power and mission of God throughout Scripture. Each author addresses the difficult questions posed by the biblical texts and provides a thoughtful, contemporary analysis of God’s interaction with humanity.

In the Logos edition, these volumes are enhanced by amazing functionality. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Key Features

  • Complete theologies of the Old and New Testament in one collection
  • Current analysis of the Biblical Theology movement
  • Detailed, contemporary resources for scholars, pastors, and students

Product Details

Individual Titles

A Concise New Testament Theology

  • Author: I. Howard Marshall
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 304

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A Concise New Testament Theology is an abridgment of I. Howard Marshall's celebrated and award-winning New Testament Theology: Many Witnesses, One Gospel. This condensed version packages for students and laypeople the luminous considered conclusions and insights of one of the most respected evangelical New Testament scholars of our day. It is the perfect entrance into New Testament theology, and its author-by-author approach will also make it an attractive supplement for courses in New Testament survey or introduction.

Praise for the Print Edition

I. H. Marshall surveys the issues and themes of New Testament theology as only the dean of evangelical New Testament scholars could do.

Douglas J. Moo, Blanchard Professor of New Testament, Wheaton College Graduate School

For decades, Howard Marshall has been a voice of thoroughness, fairness and moderation in biblical studies. Now, in a time when some are questioning the very need and legitimacy of New Testament theology, Marshall demonstrates why it must still be done and how it should be done, and then, quite simply, he does it. Biblical scholars and students on both sides of the Atlantic are once again indebted to a man who has written much and been a friend and a mentor to many.

J. Ramsey Michaels, Professor Emeritus, Southwestern Missouri State University

I. Howard Marshall (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen; D.D., Asbury) is Honorary Research Professor of New Testament at the University of Aberdeen in Aberdeen, Scotland. Among his numerous publications on the New Testament are his commentaries on the Gospel of Luke, Acts, 1-2 Thessalonians, the Pastoral Epistles, 1 Peter and 1-3 John. He is coauthor of Exploring the New Testament: A Guide to the Letters and Revelation and coeditor of the New International Greek Testament Commentary series, as well as the author of the series' volume on Luke. He has also authored Luke – Historian and Theologian

New Testament Theology: Many Witnesses, One Gospel

  • Author: I. Howard Marshall
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 765

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In this volume, New Testament scholar I. Howard Marshall offers a synthetic New Testament theology. The author begins with an analysis of the Gospels and Acts, and then proceeds to each of Paul's letters. The focus is then shifted to the Johannine literature and ends at Hebrews and the remaining general epistles. Throughout, Marshall repeatedly stops to critically assess the theology presented in the texts, gradually building up a composite synthesis of the unified theological voice of the New Testament.

On the way toward this synthesis, Marshall highlights clearly the theological voices of the individual New Testament books. Thus, his New Testament theology serves also as an introduction to the New Testament books. This allows New Testament Theology to double as an attractive complement to book-by-book introductions to the New Testament.

"New Testament theology is essentially missionary theology," writes I. Howard Marshall. Founded on a sure-footed mastery of the data and constructed with clear thinking lucidly expressed, this 2005 ECPA Gold Medallion winner offers the insights born of a distinguished career of study, reflection, teaching and writing on the New Testament. Marshall's New Testament Theology speaks clearly to a broad audience of students and nonspecialists. But even on the most familiar ground, where informed readers might lower their expectations of learning something new, Marshall offers deft insights that sharpen understanding of the message of the New Testament.

Here is a New Testament theology that will not only guide students and delight teachers but also reward expositors with a lavish fund of insights for preaching.

I. H. Marshall surveys the issues and themes of New Testament theology as only the dean of evangelical New Testament scholars could do.

—Douglas J. Moo, Blanchard Professor of New Testament, Wheaton College Graduate School

Few who consult this book, whether for academic or ministry purposes, will fail to benefit.

Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

For decades, Howard Marshall has been a voice of thoroughness, fairness and moderation in biblical studies. Now, in a time when some are questioning the very need and legitimacy of New Testament theology, Marshall demonstrates why it must still be done and how it should be done, and then, quite simply, he does it. Biblical scholars and students on both sides of the Atlantic are once again indebted to a man who has written much and been a friend and a mentor to many.

—J. Ramsey Michaels, Professor Emeritus, Southwestern Missouri State University

This New Testament theology, the work of a distinguished, mature scholar, is most welcome! It is methodologically sound, attuned to the current issues in the field, lucid and genuinely comprehensive. Marshall's idea of the New Testament texts as missionary theology is intriguing and deserves careful reflection. This New Testament theology should be regarded as today's standard in the field.

—David M. Scholer, Professor of New Testament and Associate Dean for the Center for Advanced Theological Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary

This book is a stunning achievement by an outstanding scholar and gifted teacher. Here the fruit of wide reading and reflection over many years is set out most attractively. Students and scholars alike will appreciate the clarity of the discussion, the nuanced judgment on disputed issues and the guidance given to further reading. I particularly welcome the author's 'witness by witness' approach in his exposition of New Testament theology: the distinctive themes of the individual writings and the unifying threads both receive careful attention.

—Graham Stanton, Lady Margaret's Professor of Divinity, University of Cambridge

I. Howard Marshall is Honorary Research Professor of New Testament at the University of Aberdeen in Aberdeen, Scotland. Among his numerous publications on the New Testament are his commentaries on the Gospel of Luke, Acts, 1-2 Thessalonians, the Pastoral Epistles, 1 Peter and 1-3 John. He is coauthor of Exploring the New Testament: A Guide to the Letters and Revelation.

Old Testament Theology

  • Author: Paul R. House
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 1998
  • Pages: 655
  • Thematic study of each book of the Old Testament
  • Introductory material on the history of Old Testament theology and methodology for canonical analysis

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The discipline of Old Testament theology continues to be in flux as diverse approaches vie for dominance. Into the stream Paul R. House sends this student-friendly offering that should prove useful to a wide audience. Following introductory chapters on the history of the discipline and his own method, House discusses the theological emphases of each book in the order of the Hebrew canon. Readers with little prior background will find House's thematic surveys particularly helpful for coming to grips with basic biblical content as well as for probing the theological nuances of individual parts of the canon.

The book concludes by forging a set of summary statements concerning God and his character, the people of God, and links between the Old and New Testaments that suggest avenues for the exploration of a full biblical theology.

Praise for the Print Edition

Paul House employs his considerable talent and command of the literature to produce a remarkably insightful and stimulating theology of the Old Testament. His book-by-book approach is not only a contribution to scholarly discussion but also an invaluable resource for pastors and lay teachers of the Bible. I enthusiastically recommend this engagingly written and provocative volume as required reading for the serious student.

Tremper Longman III, associate professor of Old Testament, Westminster Theological Seminary

Old Testament Theology, vol. 1: Israel’s Gospel

  • Author: John Goldingay
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Pages: 940

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In this first volume of Old Testament Theology, John Goldingay focuses on narrative. Examining the biblical order of God’s creation of and interactions with the world and Israel, he tells the story of Israel’s gospel as a series of divine acts. This is an Old Testament theology like no other. Whether applying magnifying or wide-angle lenses, Goldingay is closely attentive to the First Testament’s narrative, plot, motifs, tensions, and subtleties. Brimming with insight and energy, and postmodern in its ethos, this book will repeatedly reward readers with fresh and challenging perspectives on God and God’s ways with Israel and the world—as well as Israel’s ways with God.

In this volume, John Goldingay, as usual, presents himself as a knowledgeable, sensitive interpreter who pays close attention to the text and to the faith given through the text. The focus on narrative indicates the peculiar way in which biblical faith is mediated that is not excessively tamed by the usual categories of doctrine, piety, or morality. The title of volume one, Israel’s Gospel, exhibits Goldingay’s acute theological passion, one that warrants close, sustained attention.

Walter Brueggemann, William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary

John Goldingay is David Allan Hubbard Professor of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. His books include Models for Scripture, Models for Interpretation of Scripture, Walk On, and commentaries on Psalms, Isaiah, and Daniel.

Old Testament Theology, vol. 2: Israel’s Faith

  • Author: John Goldingay
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 891

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In a style that cleaves closely to the text, Goldingay offers up a masterful exposition of the faith of the First Testament, one born of living long with the text and the refined skill of asking interesting questions and listening with trained attention. Never one to sacrifice a close hearing of a text for an easy generality, or to mute a discordant note for the sake of reassuring harmony, Goldingay gives us an Old Testament theology shot through with the edge-of-the-seat vitality of discovery.

The fruit of a lifetime of teaching and reflection, exhaustive in scope and mature in articulation, John Goldingay has assembled a vast reflective account of what the Old Testament says about God, Israel, humanity, and creaturely existence. Goldingay especially enjoys the challenges of the Old Testament for present faith and life, and he rises to them. Comprehensive and engaging.

Christopher Seitz, professor of biblical interpretation, Wycliffe College, University of Toronto

John Goldingay is David Allan Hubbard Professor of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. His books include Models for Scripture, Models for Interpretation of Scripture, Walk On, and commentaries on Psalms, Isaiah, and Daniel.

Old Testament Theology, vol. 3: Israel’s Life

  • Author: John Goldingay
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 912

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In this third volume of his critically acclaimed Old Testament Theology, John Goldingay explores the Old Testament vision of Israel’s life before God. Goldingay sees three spheres of life giving order to Israel’s vision: its life in relation to God, its life in community, and the life of the individual as a self. Within these frameworks he unfurls a tapestry that is as broad and colorful as all of life, and yet detailed in its intricate attention to the text.

With this final volume John Goldingay has given us the third pillar of an Old Testament theology that is monumental in scope and yet invites us to enter through multiple doors to explore its riches. Students will profit from a semester in its courts, and ministers of the Word will find their preaching and teaching deeply enriched by wandering its halls and meditating in its chambers.

The fruits of Goldingay’s lifelong devotion to the study of the Old Testament are visible on every page. This work is a sure and steady guide that will lead the reader into the riches of Israel’s legacy and its God.

—Gary Anderson, professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, University of Notre Dame

In the third and final volume of his massive Old Testament Theology, John Goldingay turns to ethics and explores ‘the life of the children of God’ (Barth). He shows how this is presented as response to the gospel as Israel experienced it and as an expression of their faith in Yhwh. Goldingay sees the ethics of the Old Testament as a direct call to us today: the presentation is as far from antiquarian as it could be. Christians and Jews alike will need to ponder this challenging work.

John Barton, Oriel & Laing Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture, University of Oxford

John Goldingay writes with magisterial knowledge of the biblical texts and a keen eye for how to open them in fresh ways for scholars, teachers, preachers and all serious readers. Drawing deeply and widely on the scholarly literature—and also on literature that most scholars would not think to consult—he demonstrates with utter lucidity and conviction how the Hebrew Scriptures present a vision of life in community that is still sane, salvific, and maybe even more essential for this generation of faith than for our ancestors.

Dr. Ellen Davis, Amos Ragan Kearns Professor of Bible and Practical Theology, Duke Divinity School

Finally, Goldingay’s OT ethics! In a highly readable fashion he demonstrates masterfully that Israel’s vision of life before God is not irrelevant to modern existence. In fact, the communal shape of Israel’s faith, as well as its profound sense of individual responsibility and freedom, cast our own society’s peculiar sicknesses into sharpest relief and point firmly in the direction of a cure. This is first-rate, thrilling stuff—the appropriate culmination of a glittering trilogy.

—Stephen B. Chapman, associate professor of Old Testament, Duke University

With his characteristic thoroughness and engaging writing style, Goldingay offers a rich reflection on the life God expects of his people. This third volume of his tripartite theology begins with God himself as the appropriate place to ground the meaning and significance of this life. It then turns to explain the centrality of the communities within which individuals share their existence, grow in virtue and find their true self. Faith in action, worship and spirituality as inseparable from ethics, and leadership as service—these are a few of the emphases of the message of the Old Testament developed in this work. Read Israel’s Life and deepen your appreciation of the Old Testament’s relevance . . . and enhance your vision of a life well-lived and pleasing to God.

M. Daniel Carroll R., professor of Old Testament, Denver Seminary

John Goldingay is David Allan Hubbard Professor of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. His books include Models for Scripture, Models for Interpretation of Scripture, Walk On, and commentaries on Psalms, Isaiah, and Daniel.

The Indelible Image: The Theological and Ethical Thought World of the New Testament, Volume 1: The Individual Witnesses

  • Author: Ben Witherington III
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 856

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In this first of two volumes, Ben Witherington gives us core samplings on the theological and ethical thought world of Jesus and each of the individual New Testament writers, giving special attention to oft-neglected authors such as James, Peter, Jude, and the author of Hebrews. Rather than abstracting a set of principles from these texts, Witherington contextualizes in true narrative form the manner in which these authors applied their understanding of the gospel to particular, concrete situations. The result is that readers are able to soak in the thought world of the New Testament writers, learning to think with them in terms that do not separate theology from ethics, doctrine from discipleship. This integrated perspective offers fresh insights and an innovative approach to the whole of the New Testament.

“Ben Witherington is a skilled historical exegete who has, probably uniquely in our generation, pursued his passion for the theological and ethical message of the New Testament through commentaries on every one of the New Testament books. Now he has given us a summation that is even more unusual—a New Testament theology that allows to every one of those books a voice that really counts. A magnificent climax to Witherington's work.”

—Richard Bauckham, Emeritus Professor, University of St. Andrews

Ben Witherington (PhD, University of Durham, England) is Professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He is the author of many books on the New Testament, including Women and the Genesis of Christianity, Jesus the Sage, The Jesus Quest and The Paul Quest. A frequent contributor to Beliefnet.com, Witherington has also appeared on numerous TV news programs such as Dateline, 60 Minutes, 20/20 and the Peter Jennings ABC special Jesus and Paul—The Word and the Witness

The Indelible Image: The Theological and Ethical Thought World of the New Testament, Volume 2: The Collective Witness

  • Author: Ben Witherington III
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 838

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In this second of two volumes, Ben Witherington explores the symbolic universe and the narrative thought world shared by all the New Testament writers, in an effort to discern how they might synthesize the theology and ethics within the New Testament as a whole. He proceeds by addition, looking first at the theology and ethics of Jesus and seeing how the New Testament writers add to and reinforce what they find there and also what they later de-emphasize. The result is that readers are able to soak in the thought world of the New Testament writers, learning to think with them in terns that do not separate theology from ethics, doctrine from discipleship. This integrated perspective offers fresh insights and an innovative approach to the whole of the New Testament.

By insisting that theology be placed in conversation with ethics, Witherington offers numerous insights on the necessary intersection of faith and works, church and society. He and I may disagree on the particulars of Jewish tradition and women’s roles in antiquity, but I have learned much from his canonically comprehensive, evangelically committed, historically informed and engagingly presented way of doing theology.

—Amy-Jill Levine, professor of New Testament studies, Vanderbilt Divinity School

Ben Witherington (PhD, University of Durham, England) is Professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He is the author of many books on the New Testament, including Women and the Genesis of Christianity, Jesus the Sage, The Jesus Quest and The Paul Quest. A frequent contributor to Beliefnet.com, Witherington has also appeared on numerous TV news programs such as Dateline, 60 Minutes, 20/20 and the Peter Jennings ABC special Jesus and Paul—The Word and the Witness

The Story of Israel: A Biblical Theology

  • Author(s): C. Marvin Pate, J. Scott Duvall, J. Daniel Hays, E. Randolph Richards, W. Dennis Tucker Jr., and Preben Vang
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 320

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The biblical story of Israel, in its election, sin, exile, and restoration, is a finely articulated drama—the universal story of the glory and the plight of humanity and creation. And the story of Jesus, who was born from the womb of Israel as its Messiah and as the true seed of Abraham, provides the redemptive solution to the plight of both Israel and the world.

This book explores the unitive theme of the story of Israel from Genesis to Revelation. Probing each section of Scripture—from the Pentateuch, Psalms, and Prophets to the Gospels, Epistles, and Apocalypse—the authors bring the contours of this story to light. From close-up examinations of key texts to panoramic shots of the biblical terrain, The Story of Israel unfolds an intriguing and compelling perspective on biblical theology. And with its features of recommended readings and study questions, it is a textbook suitable for use in the classroom and individual study.

The Story of Israel is an important volume on a crucial subject. While respecting the proper diversity of the different parts of the canon, the authors rightly recognize its essential coherence. The story of Israel is the story of a pattern of sin-exile-restoration. Written in a clear and engaging style, this book is a must-read for everyone interested in the message of the Bible. I particularly recommend it as a textbook for college or seminary classes.

C. Marvin Pate teaches at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. He was previously professor of Bible at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of several books, including The End of the Age Has Come: The Theology of Paul and The Glory of Adam and the Afflictions of the Righteous: Pauline Suffering in Context.

J. Scott Duvall is professor of New Testament at Ouachita Baptist University. He received his PhD at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the coauthor of Biblical Greek Exegesis: A Graded Approach to Learning Intermediate and Advanced Greek and Preaching God’s Word.

J. Daniel Hays is dean of the Pruet School of Christian Studies and professor of Old Testament at Ouachita Baptist University. He is the author of From Every People and Nation, and he has coauthored several books, including Grasping God’s Word. He teaches adult Sunday school at his local church in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, and preaches frequently throughout the nation.

E. Randolph Richards is dean of the School of Ministry and professor of biblical studies at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida. He has frequently served as an interim or “supply” pastor, and from 1988 to 1996 he was a missionary with the International Mission Board, SBC, stationed in East Indonesia. He has an MDiv and PhD from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and is the author of several works, including Paul and First-Century Letter Writing: Secretaries, Composition and Collection.

W. Dennis Tucker Jr. is associate dean and associate professor of Christian Scriptures for George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University, Waco, Texas. He has a PhD from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is the author of Jonah: A Handbook on the Hebrew Text.

Preben Vang is professor of biblical and theological studies at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida. He is also pastor of Grace Pointe Church in Lake Worth, Florida. He is the coauthor of Telling God’s Story: The Biblical Narrative from Beginning to End.

The Witness of Jesus, Paul and John: An Exploration in Biblical Theology

  • Author: Larry R. Helyer
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 432

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In this practical textbook Larry Helyer introduces you to the goals and practice of biblical theology and the problem of the unity of the Bible. He then explains two evangelical approaches to biblical theology—dispensational and covenant theology. In the heart of the book Helyer turns to three major witnesses of the New Testament: Jesus, Paul, and John. In these three witnesses he finds the climax of the biblical message and the key to unlocking the message of the Bible.

Here is a book that introduces students to the big questions in evangelical biblical theology and then takes them into the heart of the New Testament. Students will gain an appreciation for biblical and New Testament theology, and how the New Testament unlocks the central message of Scripture. This clearly written survey will equip students for a lifetime of studying Scripture.

Though a scholarly work, Witness is readable and accessible. It includes short forays into academic biblical studies and historical theology making it a helpful resource for pastors.

Frederick S. Tappenden, Tappenden for Bible Study Magazine, May/June 2009

An outstanding work that accomplishes its objectives and fills a gap in the contemporary literature admirably. Theological students, pastors and teachers and thoughtful laypeople alike can benefit from its well chosen and well defended contents. Thanks, Larry, for giving us a retirement gift!

Craig L. Blomberg, professor of New Testament, Denver Seminary

Larry R. Helyer was Professor of Biblical Studies for twenty nine years at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. Now retired, he continues to write on theological topics and serve as an adjunct professor in the United States and abroad. He is the author of Exploring Jewish Literature of the Second Temple Period.