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The King in His Beauty: A Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments

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Thomas Schreiner, a respected scholar and trusted voice for many students and pastors, offers a substantial and accessibly written overview of the whole Bible. He traces the storyline of the Scriptures from the standpoint of biblical theology, examining the overarching message that is conveyed throughout. Schreiner emphasizes three interrelated and unified themes that stand out in the biblical narrative: God as Lord, human beings as those who are made in God’s image, and the land or place in which God’s rule is exercised. The goal of God’s kingdom is to see the king in his beauty and to be enraptured in his glory.

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  • Comprehensive overview of the Bible
  • Tracks overarching messages that occur throughout the Bible

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“Hence, from a canonical perspective, the ‘let us’ in Gen. 1:26 should be understood as a reference to the Trinity.21” (Page 5)

“So, the kingdom of God has a threefold dimension, focusing on God as King, on human beings as the subjects of the King, and the universe as the place where his kingship is worked out.” (Page xv)

“He had showered his grace on Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob by making a covenant with them and showing them grace again and again. The preservation of the offspring clearly was the Lord’s work, for Abraham’s family survived despite barrenness, sin, stupidity, squabbles, and famine. Genesis teaches that the kingdom will come, for ultimately it depends upon the Lord. It will be realized through his promise rather than human virtue.” (Page 27)

“If we were to sum up the book briefly, Deuteronomy calls upon Israel to obey Yahweh in order to enter and stay in the land. Only those who submit to Yahweh’s lordship will experience his blessing. It is imperative to see, however, that the call to obedience is predicated upon the grace of God. Grace precedes demand, and in this sense the book anticipates the pattern of salvation found in the NT.” (Page 80)

“In any case, Hebrews informs us that Cain did not bring his offering in faith. Hence, his offering was not motivated by trust in God. We see from the beginning that mechanical obedience is not pleasing to the Lord, that he demands obedience that flows from a heart of faith (see Rom. 1:5; 16:26).” (Page 11)

A wonderfully clear and faithful account of biblical theology. This book is both intellectually compelling and honoring to God and so deserves to be widely read.

Simon Gathercole, senior lecturer in New Testament, University of Cambridge

From the Garden of Eden to the Garden of Paradise, Tom Schreiner deftly takes the reader through the entire narrative of the history of redemption. Giving attention to every part of the canonical Scriptures, Schreiner shows how the Bible coheres under the theme of the kingdom or rule of God. The payoff is a feast of theological, practical, and devotional insights. In a simple, direct, and nontechnical way, this book will bring Christians to a new understanding and appreciation of the entire Bible.

Donald A. Hagner, George Eldon Ladd Professor Emeritus of New Testament, Fuller Theological Seminary

  • Title: The King in His Beauty: A Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments
  • Author: Thomas Schreiner
  • Publisher: Baker Academic
  • Print Publication Date: 2013
  • Logos Release Date: 2013
  • Pages: 736
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Bible › Theology; Bible › Criticism, interpretation, etc
  • ISBNs: 9781441249784, 9780801039393, 1441249788, 0801039398
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-09-30T01:02:16Z
Thomas Schreiner

Thomas R. Schreiner (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He also taught at both Bethel Theological Seminary and Azusa Pacific University.

Dr. Schreiner is a Pauline scholar and the author or editor of numerous books, including New Testament Theology: Magnifying God in Christ; Paul, Apostle of God’s Glory in Christ: A Pauline Theology; and the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament volume on Romans.


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  1. William Garrett West
  2. Tim Woodruff

    Tim Woodruff


  3. James Gentry

    James Gentry


    Excellent book
  4. Yadin Rodriguez
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  7. Wesley J. McClure
    Overall I enjoyed this work. It is well written and easy to read.
  8. Johnnie Ray Bailey
  9. Allen Browne

    Allen Browne


    Given Schreiner’s reputation as a New Testament commentator and scholar, this work is very disappointing. Everything in the Old Testament is filtered through the lens of Reformed systematic theology, with no respect for the meaning of the text in its Old Testament setting. Admittedly, attempting a “Biblical theology of the Old and New Testaments” (as the subtitle says) is a mammoth undertaking and one that cannot cover all bases. But surely the most fundamental requirement is to start with the OT texts in their original settings, before one can attempt to build a theology on them. By omitting this basic step, this book is reduced to reading Christian theological perspectives (and that from one particular stream) back into the OT. For example, Schreiner can refer to Moses as “the destroyer of Egypt” (p.29). That statement reveals the writer’s lack of interest in history, not to mention the theological misrepresentation of who God is and what he is doing in revealing himself to Pharaoh (as a theme of Exodus).
  10. Steve Stanley

    Steve Stanley


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