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Scripture's Doctrine and Theology's Bible: How the New Testament Shapes Christian Dogmatics

Format: Digital
ISBN: 9780801036019


Recent years have seen a growing interest (not to mention a growing body of literature) in the intersection of biblical studies and theology. Scripture’s Doctrine and Theology’s Bible stems from an illuminating symposium held at the University of St. Andrews that assembled a group of world-class biblical and systematic theologians to answer this fundamental question: To what extent, and on what grounds, does the New Testament shape and prescribe Christian theology?

As the contributors explore this question, they address the specific way in which the New Testament does or should shape dogmatics. Part 1 deals with how the Bible informs particular aspects of Christian doctrine and praxis. Part 2 examines how the New Testament has shaped influential theologians of the past century. Part 3 moves from analysis to synthesis, drawing a vision for the New Testament’s normative role in forming theology and ethics. Here is engaging dialogue for scholars in both biblical studies and theology, as well as their students.

The Logos Bible Software edition of Scripture’s Doctrine and Theology’s Bible: How the New Testament Shapes Christian Dogmatics is designed to encourage and stimulate your study and understanding of the Bible. Scripture passages link directly to your English translations and original-language texts, and important theological concepts link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. In addition, you can perform powerful searches by topic and find what other authors, scholars, and theologians have to say about interpreting the Bible.

Key Features

  • Explores the question of how the Bible may be understood to exert pressure on particular aspects of Christian doctrine
  • Examines the topical and heavily debated question of the New Testament foundations of ecclesiology
  • Discusses the New Testament’s authority for theologies in the Protestant tradition


  • Part 1: Scripture’s Doctrine
    • The Septuagint and the “Search for the Christian Bible”
    • Is There a New Testament Doctrine of the Church?
    • Johannine Christology and Jewish-Christian Dialogue
    • Reading Paul, Thinking Scripture
  • Part 2: Theology’s Bible
    • The Religious Authority of Albert Schweitzer’s Jesus
    • Karl Barth and Friedrich Mildenberger on Scripture in Doctrine
    • Rowan Williams on Scripture
    • The Normativity of Scripture and Tradition in Recent Catholic Theology
  • Part 3: Scripture and Theology
    • Can the Truth Be Learned? Redressing the “Theologistic Fallacy” in Modern Biblical Scholarship
    • The Moral Authority of Scripture
    • The Fourfold Pattern of Christian Moral Reasoning According to the New Testament
    • The Apostolic Discourse and Its Developments


Praise for the Print Edition

Just as a skillfully crafted mosaic, with an assortment of variously shaped tesserae, portrays an aesthetic image, so, too, this unified work of diverse essays presents a panoptic display of theological interpretation, illuminating the depth of and pervasive interest in this growing field. Every page of this book exudes with the erudition of leading biblical and systematic scholars.

Theological Book Review

This collection of essays brings together the views of Christian exegetes and theologians . . . from various perspectives, and it makes a solid contribution to the ongoing project of ‘theological interpretation.’

Catholic Biblical Quarterly

This excellent edited volume contributes to the growing discussion on the intersection between biblical studies and systematic theology. . . . Contributors include Bockmuehl, Torrance, Vanhoozer, Wright, Webster, and several other top scholars. The book is aimed at scholars and students within biblical studies and theology and succeeds admirably. . . . [A] fertile interdisciplinary conversation.

Religious Studies Review

These thoughtful papers, in various ways, all contribute to a lively and ongoing discussion about interpreting Scripture theologically. . . . Each of these essays is strong in its own right. . . . For the most part these essays are not conceptually connected to each other. There is something important about publishing them together, however. A set of essays such as this show that certain arguments about interpreting Scripture theologically can now be taken as settled. . . . These essays testify to a relative level of confidence and maturity as theologians and biblical scholars begin to converse over specific issues of mutual concern without having to perform a lot of conceptual and disciplinary ground-clearing.

Modern Theology

In these pages, some of the most exciting names in contemporary theology take turns answering the question, ‘To what extent, and on what grounds, does the New Testament shape and prescribe Christian theology?’. . . This scholarship models to great effect the move beyond past parochialisms to a healthier and more promising relationship between biblical studies and systematic theology.

Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology

Product Details

  • Title: Scripture’s Doctrine and Theology’s Bible: How the New Testament Shapes Christian Dogmatics
  • Editors: Markus Bockmuehl and Alan J. Torrance
  • Publisher: Baker Academic
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 256

About the Editors

Markus Bockmuehl is a professor of biblical and early Christian studies at Keble College, University of Oxford. He previously taught at the University of Cambridge and the University of St. Andrews. Bockmuehl is the author or editor of numerous books, including Seeing the Word, Paradise in Antiquity: Jewish and Christian Views, and Redemption and Resistance: The Messianic Hopes of Jews and Christians in Antiquity.

Alan J. Torrance is professor of systematic theology at St. Mary’s College, University of St. Andrews, in Scotland. He previously taught at Knox College and the University of Aberdeen. Torrance is the editor of a variety of volumes, including The Doctrine of God and Theological Ethics, Christ and Context, and Doing Theology with Stories of the Spirit’s Movement in Asia.