Cutting through the confusing array of interpretive strategies that claim the term “biblical theology,” Edward Klink and Darian Lockett consider five schools of thought regarding biblical theology and handle each in turn, defining and giving a brief developmental history for each one, and exploring each method through the lens of one contemporary scholar who champions it. Using a spectrum between history and theology, each of five “types” of biblical theology are identified as either “more theological” or “more historical” in concern and practice. The five approaches to biblical theology include:
Klink and Lockett conclude by suggesting ways by which students of the Bible can learn from these approaches.
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Edward W. Klink III received his PhD from the University of St. Andrews and is associate professor of New Testament at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. He is the author of The Sheep of the Fold: The Audience and Origin of the Gospel of John, editor of The Audience of the Gospels: The Origin and Function of the Gospels in Early Christianity, and is currently writing a commentary on the Gospel of John for the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series.
Darian R. Lockett received his PhD from the University of St. Andrews and is associate professor of New Testament at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. He is the author of Purity and Worldview in the Epistle of James and is currently writing an introduction to the Catholic Epistles for the T&T Clark Approaches to Biblical Studies Collection. He has contributed several chapters on James and Jude to the SBL Methodological Reassessments of the Letters of James, Peter, and Jude series.