This bestselling textbook surveys the grand narrative of the Bible, demonstrating how the biblical story forms the foundation of a Christian worldview. The second edition has been thoroughly revised. Additional material is available online through Baker Academic's Textbook eSources, offering course help for professors and study aids for students. Resources include discussion questions, a Bible reading schedule, an adult Bible class schedule, and a course syllabus.
Craig G. Bartholomew (PhD, University of Bristol) is the H. Evan Runner Professor of Philosophy at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ontario, and principal of the Paideia Centre for Public Theology. Michael W. Goheen (PhD, University of Utrecht) is director of theological education at the Missional Training Center and scholar in residence for the Surge Network of Churches-Phoenix. He is also adjunct professor of mission and theology at Redeemer Seminary, Dallas. Bartholomew and Goheen are coauthors of Living at the Crossroads and Christian Philosophy.
The greatest story ever told! A manifold, cohesive history, The Drama of Scripture reaches from Genesis to Revelation, and guess who is right in the middle of it all -- you and me. The stated aim of the authors forms the web of the narrative: to give an understanding of the true nature of scripture, God's story, the true story of the world, and to help it become the foundation for human life.* Genesis one immediately introduces the biblical understanding of humanity, the effects of sin on each of us, and God's plan for restoration. The dynamic story continues, growing out of the preceding, clarifying, broadening, presenting more and more of God's plan. Following both these threads--man's bent to sin and God's plan--the impetus moves from Adam and Eve on to Abraham, the Exodus, the Kingdom, and the diaspora, then through the intertestamental period. The story continues to develop. We see God's plan coming to fulfillment in Jesus, redemption accomplished. With this good news in hand, the church goes forth to witness. Then we look on into the future and the return of the King, redemption completed.
Craig Bartholomew, biblical scholar and associate professor of philosophy, together with Mike Goheen, missiologist and associate professor of religion and theology, combine their strengths to produce this text for biblical theology for first-year university students. The Drama of Scripture clearly, concisely, and with magnetic interest summarizes the wide scope of the Bible. The three main emphases are: the comprehensive scope of God's redemptive work in creation; the believer's own place within the biblical story; and the centrality of mission.** Bartholomew and Goheen write for all Christians. If there is a bias, it is because they both teach at Redeemer University College, Ontario, a Reformed institution.
A multi-use volume, The Drama of Scripture will find a place in classroom, individual study, and family and group study. Mentors and students will value it as a handy reference book with a large subject index. The footnotes are full of interesting tidbits of information, however being placed all together at the end of this book makes them a bit clumsy to handle. It may be helpful to keep a bookmark in this section. Donna Eggett, Christian Book Previews.com