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Number of Pages: 350
Vendor: Hendrickson Publishers
Publication Date: 2017
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The scholarship of Meredith G. Kline (1922-2007) was characterized by a very high view of Scripture, a strong commitment to a Reformed view of biblical theology (centered on covenant), explication of the coherence of the Old and New Testaments, and, most of all, a desire to focus the attention of both scholars and lay Christians on the centrality of Christ's redemptive work of justifying his people and imbuing them with his perfect righteousness. Kline's writings are often quite creative and full of fresh insights, thoroughly intellectual but also pastoral, and they have provided many with the exciting, energizing feeling that they are reading and understanding the biblical text--and how Scripture in its entirety hangs together--for the first time.
Essential Writings of Meredith G. Kline presents sixteen articles that Meredith G. Kline wrote over a period of forty years. The articles display the unique, creative, and Christocentric way in which Kline interpreted the entire Bible. They cover a range of topics, thereby providing a good overview of Kline's scholarship. Topics include covenant, law, and the state; faith, the gospel, and justification; redemption; and resurrection and the consummation. Pastors and scholars, especially those in the Reformed community, will
be delighted by the fresh insights and wisdom, and sometimes paradigm-changing perspectives, found in the pages of this book.
John M KightMichiganAge: 25-34Gender: Male5 Stars Out Of 5Beyond Grateful for this Volume!!August 31, 2017John M KightMichiganAge: 25-34Gender: MaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Meredith G. Kline is arguably the most formative theological mind of the twentieth century. He embodied the strongest commitment to the authority of Scripture and revolutionized Reformed biblical theology. He was Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and maintained an active writing and teaching ministry at Westminster Theological Seminary in Escondido, California. The influence of Meredith G. Kline reaches across decades of academic rigor, and includes a corpus of books and articles such as God, Heaven, and Her Magedon: A Covenantal Tale of Cosmos and Telos (Wipf & Stock, 2006), Kingdom Prologue: Genesis Foundations for a Covenantal Worldview (Wipf & Stock, 2006), and Images of the Spirit (Wipf & Stock, 1999). Now, just over a decade after Kline went to be with the Lord, a handsome hardcover presentation of his essential writings has been produced by Hendrickson Publishers.
Essential Writings of Meredith G. Kline brings together sixteen articles written over a period of four decades. The book begins with a biographical sketch of Kline from his son, Meredith M. Kline. For those unfamiliar with Kline, this brief bio is an appropriate place to start that journey. Kline does an tremendous job reflecting on the influence, life, and ministry of his father, and readers will appreciate its inclusion in this volume. Next, Klines grandson, Jonathan G. Kline, offers an introduction to the volume and positions the reader for the road ahead, including comments regarding his editorial role and the articles included in the book. What makes this collection of essays more valuable to the reader is the organizational care that went into its systematic structure. The book is organized around five major parts(1) creation, (2) covenant, law, and the state, (3) faith, the gospel, and justification, (4) redemption, and (5) resurrection and consummationwith an average of about 3-4 articles comprising each part. This allows readers to topically engage with Klines work, and (hopefully) directs them towards his lifework for further investigation.
Meredith G. Kline has been a tremendous influence on how I engage the Bible, especially as it relates to areas of biblical theology. I was overjoyed when I discovered that Hendrickson was going to produce this volume. From the biographical sketch to the last essay, I read with great appreciation for the Kline, his family, and the publisher. Apart from the content itself, which as alluded to above offers a grand sweep of Klines major academic focus, the physical form of the book is excellent. Nice, thick paper, and an equally pleasant quality of print. Theres not much to critique about this volume. It delivers what it promises to deliveressential writings of Meredith G. Kline. If I had to identify a possible missed opportunity, I think it would have been nice to include some photographs in the biographical essay. It would have added sentimental value to an already well-positioned nostalgic volume. Nonetheless, the lack thereof in no way detracts from the value of this book for the contemporary reader.
I can only imagine the level of difficulty that was met when selecting which material was going to be used in a volume of this scope, and for that I truly applaud the editorial work therein. It has brought together some of the most important material from arguably the most important mind of the twentieth century. Essential Writings of Meredith G. Kline is an essential read for anyone serious about the Bible or biblical-theological studies. That said, it is only a mere glimpse into the treasure trove that awaits those who fervently follow its footprints to the lifework of Meredith G. Kline. It comes highly recommended!