Archives For Biblical Theology

BTMy first impression of this book was twofold:

  1. It has no footnotes. No, not even one.
  2. It’s short—about 110 pages not counting the front and back matter.

But don’t be deceived: it’s rich.

James M. Hamilton Jr. What Is Biblical Theology? A Guide to the Bible’s Story, Symbolism, and Patterns. Wheaton: Crossway, 2013. 38-page sample PDF.

Jim has a reputation for teaching the Bible with no notes, even in graduate-level classes. Some call him a Bible-Jedi. That’s what he seems like in this book. Continue Reading…

preachingThis book releases on October 31:

Jason C. Meyer. Preaching: A Biblical Theology. Wheaton: Crossway, 2013. 368 pp.

Jason recently replaced John Piper as the pastor for preaching and vision for Bethlehem Baptist Church, where my wife and I are members. I’m thrilled that our preaching pastor believes and practices what he writes in this book. Continue Reading…

surveyI can’t think of another OT seminary professor I’d rather team up with than Jason DeRouchie (pronounced deh-ROW-shee). He embodies Ezra 7:10. We spend about three hours together each week while commuting, and the better I get to know him the more I thank God for him.

Jason has been working on a 500-page book for about seven years, and it releases today:

Jason S. DeRouchie, ed. What the Old Testament Authors Really Cared About: A Survey of Jesus’ Bible. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2013. 496 pp.

I love the subtitle.

My endorsement: Continue Reading…

storyThis (very) short children’s book releases today in the states:

James M. Hamilton Jr. The Bible’s Big Story: Salvation History for Kids. Illustrated by Tessa James. Fearn, Scotland: Christian Focus, 2013. 24 pp.

My endorsement:

This poetry memorably summarizes turning points in the Bible’s storyline and views the whole Bible with Christian eyes. My kids love it!

On his blog, Jim explains the book’s history and rationale, and he challenges dads to “step up and play the man.”

This is rich. I’ve heard several people recommend them recently, and now I know why.

You can download the audio as stand-alone MP3s or via a new app, and you can read the transcripts.

The corresponding NT lectures are by Craig Blomberg (about 4 hours, 40 min.) and Tom Schreiner (about 4 hours, 15 min.). It’s good stuff, but in these recordings Miles Van Pelt is more engaging.

I’ve read the end of this chapter by Jim Hamilton several times because it motivates me to do biblical theology:

James M. Hamilton Jr. “Biblical Theology and Preaching.” Pages 193–218 in Text Driven Preaching: God’s Word at the Heart of Every Sermon. Edited by Daniel L. Akin, David L. Allen, and Ned L. Mathews. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2010.

For example:

HOW DO I DO BIBLICAL THEOLOGY?

The kind of biblical theology advocated here has been described as reflection upon the results of the exegesis of particular passages in light of the whole canon. Another way to say it is that biblical theology is exegesis of a particular passage in its canonical context. This means that, in order to do biblical theology, we must Continue Reading…

SonThis is D. A. Carson’s latest book:

Jesus the Son of God: A Christological Title Often Overlooked, Sometimes Misunderstood, and Currently Disputed. Wheaton: Crossway, 2012. 128 pp.

This short little book is based on some lectures Carson gave earlier this year. It has three chapters:

  1. “Son of God” as a Christological Title
  2. “Son of God” in Select Passages [Hebrews 1 and John 5:16–30]
  3. “Jesus the Son of God” in Christian and Muslim Contexts

Carson explains in the preface (pp. 11–12),

I chose the topic about three years ago. Some work I had done while teaching the epistle to the Hebrews, especially Hebrews 1 where Jesus is said to be superior to angels because he is the Son, prompted me to think about the topic more globally. Moreover, for some time I have been thinking through the hiatus between careful exegesis and doctrinal formulations. We need both, of course, but unless the latter are finally controlled by the former, and seen to be controlled by the former, both are weakened. The “Son of God” theme has become one of several test cases in my own mind. Since choosing the topic, however, the debates concerning what a faithful translation of “Son of God” might be, especially in contexts where one’s envisioned readers are Muslims, have boiled out of the journals read by Bible translators and into the open. Continue Reading…