Hermeneutical Foundations and Principles. The appeal of biblical theology is that it provides a "big picture" that makes sense of the diversity of biblical literature. Through the lens of biblical theology the Bible ceases to be a mass of unconnected texts, but takes shape as a unified metanarrative connecting the story of Israel with that of Jesus. It presents the whole scene of God's revelation as one mighty plan of salvation.
For fifty years Graeme Goldsworthy has been refining his understanding of biblical theology through his experiences as a student, pastor and teacher. In this valuable complement to his Gospel-Centered Hermeneutics, Goldsworthy defends and refines the rationale for his approach, drawing especially on the work of Australian biblical scholar Donald Robinson.
"For many years I have admired the good things coming out of Moore Theological College. It's high time that the biblical theology being done down under be put front and center in North America. In an age of increasing specialization and fragmentation where even biblical things come apart, Goldsworthy's approach to the unity of Scripture is an important countercultural blast." --Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Wheaton College Graduate School
1. Biblical theology: lame duck or eagles' wings?
Confessions of a biblical theology addict / The big questions about the big picture / The Robinson-Hebert schema / The role of Genesis 1--11 / The question of reductionism / Why is biblical theology so neglected?
2. Evangelical definitions and presuppositions
Tentative steps towards a definition of biblical theology / Evangelical theological presuppositions in biblical theology
Evangelical hermeneutical presuppositions in biblical theology
3. Salvation and history
The idea of salvation history / The biblical history as salvation history / Salvation history within Scripture: Old Testament
Salvation history within Scripture: New Testament / Conclusions
4. Evangelical practice
The lack of consensus among evangelicals / The shaping of a biblical theologian: my debt to Donald Robinson / Some leading evangelical biblical theologians / Conclusions
5. Multiplex biblical theology
The problem of unity and diversity in method / Proponents of the multiplex approach / Conclusions
6. Letting the Old Testament speak I: biblical history
What kind of epoch? / The main foci in Old Testament history / Conclusions
7. Letting the Old Testament speak II: prophetic eschatology
The pattern of prophetic eschatology / The canonical shape / The main foci in prophetic eschatology / Conclusions
8. Letting the New Testament speak
Is the New Testament normative in the interpretation of the Old Testament?
Does the New Testament exhibit a structure of revelation?
The Abraham-David/Solomon axis and the fulfilment of prophecy
A comparison of approaches
Robinson's typology / Approaches to typology / Some issues in the debate / Macro-typology
10. The Robinson legacy
Robinson's typology and method in biblical theology / Israel and the church / Eschatology / Baptism / Assessment
11. How to do biblical theology
Is there a future for biblical theology? / Possibilities for biblical theology / Epilogue
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