This book is written specifically for students at the start of courses in the Bible, theology, and ministry, and for those searching for a deeper understanding of the theology of the Bible. Grindheim draws on insights from scholarship and tradition to answer major theological questions in a highly accessible form using examples, revision questions, and charts.
“These books are very useful to read. But the book you are now reading is of a different kind. It is a book about how all the books fit together. This approach is often called a canonical reading or interpretation of Scripture.” (Page 2)
“To understand what God means, we must consider the full significance of the verb ‘to make known.’ That God made himself known by the name Yahweh did not simply mean that he taught Israel how to say a new word. In biblical language, the word ‘to know’ often means to know by experience. When God makes himself known, it means that he lets the people experience who he is. He will let Israel know through experience that he is Yahweh.” (Page 7)
“It is therefore only in Jesus Christ that human beings can become what they were created to be. In Jesus Christ, we are renewed into the image of God, the image of his Son (Rom. 8:29; 2 Cor. 3:18). This means that it is Jesus Christ who teaches us what it means to be a human being. The way that Jesus exercises his rule teaches us how we are destined to rule on God’s behalf.” (Page 29)
“To know God as Yahweh is to know him as deliverer, as savior and redeemer.” (Page 7)
“That God is holy means that he is separate from everything and everyone else” (Page 8)
For those readers of the Bible who want a synthesis of the theological teaching but find most of the existing books on the subject to be too demanding, this volume may well be just what they need: an introductory topical survey written in a simple and succinct form and covering all the major doctrines in both testaments.
—I. Howard Marshall, emeritus professor of New Testament exegesis and honorary research professor, University of Aberdeen, Scotland
. . . a remarkably useful introduction to biblical theology. The concise presentation of the material, the relevant questions, and competent answers that [Grindheim] presents commend his work highly. Students and pastors do not need another tome through which they must wade in order to gain an overview of Scripture. They need a compact handbook that directs them to the right questions and thus opens up further study. That is exactly what Grindheim has provided us.
—Mark A. Seifrid, Mildred and Earnest Hogan Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
. . . in less than 250 pages of crystal clear prose, [Grindheim] lays out the theology of the Bible in a way that does justice both to the story-line of Scripture and to the creeds of Christian tradition . . . Grindheim soars over the whole canonical pyramid, discovering in the process the crucial pattern in the scriptural mosaic . . .
—Kevin J. Vanhoozer, research professor of systematic theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois
Grindheim provides students of the Bible with the type of entry point into its teaching that every Christian needs.
—Paul M. Hoskins, assistant professor of New Testament, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
[Introducing Biblical Theology] presents a seamless understanding of what the Bible proclaims, not just what others say about the Bible. It nonetheless reflects the finest scholarship . . .
—Kenneth A. Mathews, professor of divinity, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University
Sigurd Grindheim (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is professor of New Testament at Fjellhaug International University College in Oslo, Norway. He is also adjunct professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and visiting lecturer at Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology. Grindheim is the author of numerous articles and essays as well as a number of books, including Introducing Biblical Theology, God’s Equal: What Can We Know about Jesus’ Self-Understanding?, and Christology in the Synoptic Gospels: God or God’s Servant.