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God's Glory in Salvation Through Judgment: A Biblical Theology
Crossway Books & Bibles / 2010 / Hardcover
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NT scholar James Hamilton in God's Glory in Salvation Through Judgment stating that his desire is to do for "biblical theology what Kevin Vanhoozer did for hermeneutics and David Wells did for evangelical theology"(38).
Anyone who is even remotely familiar these authors and fields recognizes the boldness of this statement, even Hamilton himself who calls it "quixotic". Nevertheless, Hamilton believes that despite the pessimism of biblical theologians concerning the availability of a 'theological center' one can be found and that it is as his title suggests "God's glory in salvation through judgment". To prove this theory Hamilton examines the theme as it exists in every book of the Bible, drawn out its theology and shown the Bible's interrelationship has he sees it.
Hamilton's foundation is located in Exodus 34 Moses asks to see God's glory, and God reveals himself as a God who is merciful and just. James Hamilton Jr. contends that from this passage comes a biblical theology that unites the meta-narrative of Scripture under one central theme: God's glory in salvation through judgment.
In the Old Testament Hamilton shows that Israel was saved through God's judgment on the Egyptians and the Canaanites and then glorified through both his judgment and mercy, accorded in salvation to Israel as he repeatedly provided for their salvation from both enemy and sin.
The New Testament unfolds the ultimate display of God's glory in justice and mercy, and depicts God's righteous judgment shown on the cross as the instrument of salvation. This is also true eschatological; God's glory in salvation through judgment will be shown at the end of time, when Christ returns to judge his enemies and save all who have called on his name.
The building block of this message is located in Exodus 34 Moses asks to see God's glory, and God reveals himself as a God who is merciful and just. James Hamilton Jr. contends that from this passage comes a biblical theology that unites the meta-narrative of Scripture under one central theme: God's glory in salvation through judgment.
Hamilton moves through the Bible book by book, showing that there is one theological center to the whole Bible. The volume's systematic method and scope make it a unique resource for pastors, professors, and students.
Drawing from Gods self-revelation in Exodus 34, Hamilton moves through the Bible book by book, showing that there is one theological center to the whole Bible: Gods glory in salvation through judgment.
JAMES M. HAMILTON JR. (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is associate professor of biblical theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is author of Gods Indwelling Presence and numerous articles and essays.
As readers of Scripture we long to know the message of the Bible as a whole. We do not want to miss the forest for the trees. Unfortunately, there are few books that help us to be faithful to the whole counsel of God. What a delight, then, to read Jim Hamiltons book where the story line of the Scriptures is unfolded. Hamilton rightly sees that the glory of God is at the center of the scriptural record, demonstrating with careful attention to the biblical text the supremacy of God in both the Old Testament and the New. Scholars, students, and laypeople will all profit from reading this work, which instructs the mind, enlivens the heart, and summons us to obedience.
-Thomas R. Schreiner
James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
In an era when centers in general no longer hold, Hamilton makes a strong case for the centrality to biblical theology of what C. H. Dodd called the two-beat rhythm of biblical history: salvation through judgment. Hamilton discovers this theme in every book of the Bible and argues that it is the heartbeat of Gods ultimate purpose: the publication of his glory. In seeking to do justice to scriptural unity and diversity alike, Hamiltons work represents biblical theology at its best.
-Kevin J. Vanhoozer
Blanchard Professor of Theology, Wheaton College Graduate School
Centered on the important themes of salvation and judgment, Hamiltons book models well how a thematic approach toward biblical theology might be applied to the whole of Scripture. It is to be warmly welcomed as an invitation to reflect on biblical truth and an opportunity to dialogue on how the unity of the Old and New Testaments may be articulated best.
-T. Desmond Alexander
Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies and Director of Postgraduate Studies, Union Theological College
Who said that the search for a center in biblical theology is a dead end? In this bold and courageous book, which deals with the entire Bible, James Hamilton Jr. dons the mantle of an explorer in search of the holy grail of biblical theology. As he journeys through the Bible, there are many sights in the biblical landscape that will arrest the attention of those who accompany him, including the pivotal revelation of God in Exodus 34:67. Hamiltons thoughtful analysis and reflection provide many insights into the biblical text. While you may not agree with all of his conclusions, you wont come back from your journey with him without a greater sense of Gods majesty and glory. Rather than being a dead end, this is a gateway into a new world.
Stuart E. Murray Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Atlantic Baptist University
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