The doctrine of the Trinity—the idea that God exists eternally, as Father, Son, and Spirit—is a foundational teaching of Christianity even though the word “trinity” never appears in the Bible. How can the Trinity be an essential biblical teaching if the word isn’t even found in the Bible? That question is among the issues Dr. Wesley Hill addresses in BI295 The Trinity and the Bible. After exploring how the doctrine of the Trinity developed in the early church, Dr. Hill shows how the Bible displays a Trinitarian theology. He begins in the Old Testament and moves through key passages in Paul’s writings and the Gospel of John showing how New Testament writers portrayed Jesus as equal with the God of Israel and how the Spirit is shown to be an equal person to complete the Trinity. This course will be useful for those wanting a scriptural-based apologetic for the Trinity as well as for those wanting to plumb the depths of the mystery of the Trinity to enrich their life of faith.
Wesley Hill (PhD, Durham University) is assistant professor of biblical studies at Trinity School for Ministry. He is the author of Paul and the Trinity: Persons, Relations, and the Pauline Letters and the much-discussed Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality. Hill is on the editorial board of and is a columnist for Christianity Today. He also contributes to Books and Culture and First Things.