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Canon, Covenant and Christology: Rethinking Jesus and the Scriptures of Israel (New Studies in Biblical Theology)

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‘All Scripture is breathed out by God …’ (2 Timothy 3:16). From Paul’s epistles the divine inspiration of Scripture may be confidently affirmed, as well as its corollary attributes. However, on turning to Jesus and the Gospels, it is hard to find an explicit approach like Paul’s.

Matthew Barrett argues that Jesus and the apostles have just as convictional a doctrine of Scripture as Paul or Peter, but it will only be discovered if the Gospels are read within their own canonical horizon and covenantal context. The nature of Scripture presupposed by Jesus and the Gospel writers may not be addressed directly, but it manifests itself powerfully when their words are read within the Old Testament’s promise–fulfilment pattern.

Nothing demonstrates Scripture’s divine origin and trustworthiness more than the gospel of Jesus Christ. In the advent of the Son of God, the Word has become flesh, announcing to Jew and Gentile alike that the covenant promises Yahweh made through the Law and the Prophets have been fulfilled in the person and work of Christ.

  • Examines Jesus and the apostles doctrine of Scripture
  • Explores the canonical horizon and covenantal context of the Gospels
  • Focuses on the promise–fulfilment pattern of Scripture
  • Introduction: Reorienting the hermeneutical approach to Jesus and the scriptures of Israel
  • Divine authorial intent, canonical unity, and the Christological presuppositions of biblical theology
  • The book of the covenant and canon consciousness
  • The scripture must be fulfilled: The Matthean witness (case study 1)
  • The ultimate fulfillment and self-disclosure of God: The Johannine witness (case study 2)
  • Living by every word from the mouth of God: What Christ’s covenant obedience to the scriptures says about the scriptures
  • The Word became flesh: From Christology to canon
  • Appendix: Is our doctrine of inerrancy Christological enough? The future of inerrancy and the necessity of dogmatics
In a wide-ranging discussion, Matthew Barrett explores [biblical theology] from the perspective of the Gospels, deploying interesting and stimulating insight that will certainly be picked up and developed by many pastors and theologians. Jesus himself ties together the old and new covenants. He fulfills the Scriptures, but effectively does so only by being obedient to them. The dynamic casts fresh light not only on Christ, but on the Scriptures themselves.

—D. A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, USA

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Matthew Barrett is assistant professor of Christian studies at California Baptist University. He earned his PhD in systematic theology and MDiv in Christian studies from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.


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