The Bible recounts a single story—one that began at creation, encompasses our lives today, and will continue till Christ’s return and beyond. In What Is Biblical Theology?, Jim Hamilton introduces us to this narrative, helping us understand the worldview of the biblical writers so that we can read the Old and New Testaments as those authors intended. Tracing the key patterns, symbols, and themes that bind the Bible together, this book will help you understand Scripture’s unified message and find your place in the great story of redemption.
“To summarize, by the phrase biblical theology I mean the interpretive perspective reflected in the way the biblical authors have presented their understanding of earlier Scripture, redemptive history, and the events they are describing, recounting, celebrating, or addressing in narratives, poems, proverbs, letters, and apocalypses.” (Page 16)
“One of the primary aims of biblical theology is to understand and embrace the worldview of the biblical authors.” (Page 12)
“In broadest terms, the Bible’s plot can be summarized in four words: creation, fall, redemption, and restoration” (Page 31)
“The repetition of these patterns creates a kind of template that represents the type of thing God does or the type of thing that happens to God’s people. When we start thinking about what typically happens, we are dealing with typology, and since this is what has typically happened in the past, we begin to expect that this is the type of thing God will do in the future. That is, the type is prospective, forward looking, as it points beyond itself to its fulfillment.” (Page 44)
“To learn to read the Bible is to learn to understand this world from the perspective of the biblical authors, which is to learn a divinely inspired perspective.” (Page 20)