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Understanding Biblical Theology: A Comparison of Theory and Practice
Zondervan / 2012 / Paperback
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Understanding Biblical Theology clarifies the catch-all term 'biblical theology,' a movement that tries to remove the often-held dichotomy between biblical studies for the Church and as an academic pursuit.
This book examines the five major schools of thought regarding biblical theology and handles 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. They include:
Edward W. Klink III, Ph.D. (University of St. Andrews) 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, Ph.D. (University of St. Andrews) 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. and T. Clark Approaches to Biblical Studies series. He has contributed several chapters on James and Jude to the SBL Methodological Reassessments of the Letters of James, Peter and Jude series.
A useful map of the field. It will provide readers with much help in finding their way around this disorienting landscape.
A point of entry into the whole discussion that is as accessible as it is valuable.
-Joel B. Greene
This much needed work fills a large gap and will be received gratefully by both professors and students.
A ground-breaking work. It calls the academy and church alike to give renewed attention to, and make serious attempts to say what it means for biblical theology to be biblical (and theological!).
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