Trained in the theories and techniques of academic biblical scholarship, Dr. Scobie has created a magnum opus on biblical theology. Bridging the gap between Old and New Testament studies and between academia and the Christian community, Scobie offers a unified, scholarly, and relevant approach to Scripture that encompasses the entire sweep of divine revelation, making every effort to let the canonical text of the Bible speak for itself. He uses a four-fold pattern for connecting the two testaments into a comprehensive theology: proclamation/promise (Hebrew Bible) and fulfillment/consummation (New Testament). Within this pattern, he sees several biblical themes—God’s Order, God’s Servant, God’s People, and God’s Way. From his years of study and preaching, Scobie offers his own theological reflections on such subjects as holy war, the divinity of Christ, blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, and church councils.
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In this bold and impressive book Charles Scobie has accomplished what many biblical scholars would regard as virtually impossible. Working with a framework of promise and fulfillment and taking a thematic approach, Scobie has produced a unified biblical theology—that is, a truly integrated theology of both Old and New Testaments. Encyclopedic in its coverage, fully conversant with scholarship, sensitive in its treatment of the issues, and evangelical in perspective, Scobie's brilliant synthesis brings the whole of the Bible back to the church. Here is a book that is not only informative but also edifying. A magnificent accomplishment!
—Donald A. Hagner, Fuller Theological Seminary
Charles Scobie offers a remarkably clear and nontechnical account of the theology of the Bible as a whole in its canonical form. It is comprehensive and orderly, more concerned to set out the teaching and implications of the text than to engage in critical investigations of what lies behind the text, and aiming to provide the church with a basis for the development of its own systematic theology. At a time when the compartmentalization of biblical and theological studies is being increasingly deprecated, it is good to have an author who is so knowledgeable in both the Old Testament and the New Testament and able to produce such an attractive synthesis of their teaching, demonstrating that they do indeed belong together as witnesses to God's ongoing revelation and redeeming work.
—I. Howard Marshall, University of Aberdeen
Breathtaking in its scope and audacious in its execution, Charles Scobie's book tackles with erudition and clarity a task that, for a couple of generations now, scholars have thought impossible. Scobie demonstrates convincingly that biblical theology can be done intelligently and can illuminate the life and practice of the Christian church.
—Peter Richardson, University of Toronto
Charles H.H. Scobie is Cowan Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies and former head of the Department of Religious Studies at Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick. Among his other books are John the Baptist and No Ordinary Book: The Making and Meaning of the New Testament. He is also a contributor to the New Dictionary of Biblical Theology.