Building on the gains of the historical-critical project and sensitized by its post-modern critique, scholars are now more willing to talk about the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, as a book from and for communities of believers.
Against this backdrop, editors Scott Hafemann and Paul House bring together a team of scholars willing to work together on “whole Bible biblical theology.” Fully aware of historical-critical matters of diversity, they nonetheless trace the Bible’s unified teaching on key themes across the biblical canon. They define biblical theology as “that approach to Scripture which attempts to see biblical material holistically and to describe this wholeness or synthesis in biblical categories.” Biblical theology investigates the themes presented in Scripture, seeking to demonstrate the essential unity and coherence of the Old and New Testaments across the great diversity of their contents.
Fully committed to such an understanding of biblical theology, this volumes contributors focus on selected central themes: their use and reuse by the biblical writers, their integration into the whole fabric of the Bible, and their development across the canon. These stimulating essays map significant aspects of God’s self-revelation to human beings through the literary record in its historical context.
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. . . I had the opportunity to read an early draft of Schreiner’s chapter [on The Commandments of God]. I remember it as being one of the finest treatments of the issue I had ever read.
—Justin Taylor, The Gospel Coalition
These essays are fine examples of biblical theology. They are up to date, strong articulations of seasoned scholars, and at the same time this volume serves as an excellent starting point for anyone engaging these issues for the first time. It is exciting to read these essays, as they helpfully establish a wide angle view of the whole canon that is focused through careful interpretation of texts in context.
—James M. Hamilton Jr., PhD, ThM, Associate Professor of Biblical Theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Paul R. House (Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is associate dean and professor of divinity at Beeson Divinity School. He is author of Old Testament Theology, Old Testament Survey, The Unity of the Twelve, and the commentary on Lamentations in the Word Biblical Commentary.
Scott J. Hafemann (Dr. Theol, Eberhard-Karls-Universitat Tubingen) is Mary French Rockefeller Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is the author of numerous articles and of Paul, Moses, and the History of Israel; The God of Promise and the Life of Faith; Understanding the Heart of the Bible; and a commentary on 2 Corinthians. He is also the editor of Biblical Theology: Retrospect and Prospect.