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.
“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
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