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After a lifetime of listening deeply and attentively to the full range of Scripture's testimony, respected biblical scholar John Goldingjay takes a step back and describes what he has seen and heard. In Biblical Theology: The God of the Christian Scriptures, Goldingjay constructs a theological cathedral that is laid out on the great vectors of Scripture and fitted with biblically sourced materials.
Using the New Testament as a portal into the biblical canon, Goldingjay seeks to preserve the distinct voices of Israel's Scriptures, accepting even its irregular and sinewed pieces as features rather than problems. Rather than superimposing a thematic core, he allows the narratives' diversity and tensions to remain as "manifold witnesses" to the ways of God.
Goldingjay frames his entire dialogue with the question, "What understanding of God and the world and life emerges from these two testaments?" With this structure, Goldingjay's Biblical Theology tests and expands the horizons of thought—his readers and his own—by the Scriptures rather than under the harsh lights of late-modern inquiry. What emerges is a landmark achievement—hermeneutically dextrous, biblically expansive, and nourishing to mind, soul, and proclamation.
Number of Pages: 612
Vendor: IVP Academic
|Publication Date: 2016|
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"Those who study theology from the Bible up find themselves in tension with the classic systematic categories but rarely have the courage to venture into a full-scale theological scanning of the Bible's universe. John Goldingay is not only equipped for such a challenge, but has met it in a thunderous vision of nothing less than a biblical theology—one that unabashedly asks what the Bible says about God and human life. In an organic set of fresh categories, Goldingay offers the reader a new vision for theology, one that I hope will replace the crusty systematics that have silenced so much of the Bible's story."
—Scot McKnight, Julius R. Mantey Professor of New Testament, Northern Seminary
"What theological building might be constructed out of reading the scriptural materials? With characteristic enthusiasm, John Goldingay spends little time speculating on the shape of the building or probing what rights its prospective tenants have: he simply marches in and starts rearranging the furniture. Attentive readings offer fresh layouts and color schemes. The result is a book that is often happy to say what we do not know, imaginative in speaking of what we may know, and insistent in the call to turn and turn again to Scripture to shape all our knowing."
—Richard S. Briggs, lecturer in Old Testament, director of biblical studies, Cranmer Hall, St John's College, Durham University
"There are Old Testament theologies and New Testament theologies but very few biblical theologies. Yet, for Christians, the two testaments belong together. What Christian readers of Scripture need is biblical theology. So, while most scholars stay within their areas of specialization, John Goldingay boldly crosses all the boundaries scholars erect between different parts of the Bible and gives us what we need: a 'digest of the Scriptures,' as he calls it. His independence of mind ensures that his discussions are unpredictable and interesting. His lively and accessible style will make this a valuable resource for a wide readership."
—Richard Bauckham, emeritus professor of New Testament, University of St. Andrews
Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Unique!December 14, 2016Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5John Goldingay, who has already produced a three-volume theology of the Old Testament and another on Isaiahs theology among many other works, has now broadened his sights to the theology of the entire Bible. Because of his stature in the scholarly world, I predict this will become an influential volume.
As for me, I picked it up with a fair amount of skepticism. As a staunch conservative, I find Mr. Goldingay sometimes on the other side side of the tracks. (There is a debate out there about whether he is really an evangelical or not). For the record, I found several sentences that were subversive to my eyes in this book. I thought I should pick one such statement for this review to prove my point. On page 74 in an explanation of Jesus as the I AM he says, The New Testaments references to worship of Jesus need not imply that he is seen as divine. Are you kidding? To be fair, in the next paragraph, he returns to a more orthodox description, yet he has some such statements along the way. He is clearly a provocative writer, but where he succeeds as a writer may also be where he fails. As a provocateur he should stop short of inciting cardiac arrest in his readers!
Not that I am the standard, but I found myself disagreeing with many of his conclusions along the way too. I only mention that because of what I want to say next.
This book threw away the mold of traditional theologies. I had never noticed before just how close a script all such volumes had in the past. From differing theological perspectives, they all present the same way. Heres the Doctrine of God and off they go 1, 2, 3. Goldingay, for the better or worse, wrote his own script. That approach makes for creative new Approaches to study, even if you are a conservative like me who says often as you go, O, youre wrong again there, Mr. Goldingay.
If you are as conservative as me, this is not going to be your first choice for a theology on your shelf. But if you are like me, you are going to make it one of a handful you always consult just to help you think outside the box. He simply made me think about things that I had never thought of before. I like that! Ill make my own conclusions anyway, thank you. So I unashamedly give 4 out of 5 stars and recommend a book that I thought I might not.
I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.