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About the Series:
The Short Studies in Biblical Theology series is designed to help readers see the whole Bible as a unified story culminating in Jesus Christ. Written by trusted biblical scholars, each volume traces an important topic through God's Word - from Genesis to Revelation - and explores its significance for the Christian life.
Number of Pages: 144
Publication Date: 2015
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God Dwells Among Us: Expanding Eden to the Ends of the EarthG.K. Beale, Mitchell M. KimInterVarsity Press / 2014 / Trade Paperback$10.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 2 Reviews
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Original Sin: Illuminating the Riddle (New Studies in Biblical Theology)Henri BlocherInterVarsity Press / 2001 / Trade Paperback$15.99 Retail:
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God's Unfaithful Wife: A Biblical Theology of Spiritual Adultery (New Studies in Biblical Theology)Raymond C. Ortlund Jr.InterVarsity Press / 2003 / Trade Paperback$15.99 Retail:4 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
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Kingdom through Covenant: A Biblical Theological Understanding of the CovenantsPeter J. Gentry, Stephen J. WellumCrossway / 2012 / Hardcover$36.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
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A renowned Bible scholar traces the theme of divine sonship through both the Old and New Testaments, highlighting Jesuss identity as the ultimate "Son of God" and his role in launching the new creation. Part of the Short Studies in Biblical Theology series.
Graeme Goldsworthy (PhD, Union Theological Seminary) previously served as a lecturer in biblical theology, Old Testament, and hermeneutics at Moore Theological College in Sydney, Australia. Graeme lives in Brisbane, Australia, with his wife, Miriam. They have four adult children.
Dane C. Ortlund (PhD, Wheaton College) is the executive vice president of Bible publishing and Bible publisher at Crossway. He serves as an editor for the Knowing the Bible series and the Short Studies in Biblical Theology series, and is the author of several books, including Edwards on the Christian Life. He lives with his wife, Stacey, and their five children in Wheaton, Illinois.
Miles V. Van Pelt (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the Alan Belcher Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Languages, academic dean, and director of the Summer Institute for Biblical Languages at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi. He also serves on the pastoral staff of Grace Reformed Church in Madison, Mississippi. He and his wife, Laurie, have four children.
JudeLondon, ONAge: 35-44Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Goldsworthy's book a gift to the church!June 25, 2015JudeLondon, ONAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5If Graeme Goldsworthy's The Son of God and the New Creation is indicative of what readers can expect from the new Crossway series Short Studies in Biblical Theology, then I suggest the books are going to be a tremendous gift to the church and her people. This first volume from the series delivers an edifying and intriguing look at a central theme of the Bible in a refreshingly accessible manner.
The renaissance of biblical theology over the past decade has surely been a positive thing. Even as a layperson, I am aware of the increasing number of books in this genre that have been and are being published. I have even read a few of them myself. The Short Studies in Biblical Theology promises more biblical theology in the coming years. Series editors Dane C. Ortlund and Miles V. Van Pelt intend for these books to "magnify the Savior and to build up his church." The Son of God and the New Creation thoroughly accomplishes both of these goals.
In this volume the author, Goldsworthy, traces the theme of "Son of God" through the Bible and considers how God's Son connects to the new creation. The study follows an outline which is clearly laid out in the first chapter. This volume will begin not in the Old Testament, but rather in the New Testament. Goldsworthy writes: "Since we begin our Christian journey by coming to faith in the person and work of Jesus, it makes sense to begin with him." From there the author wants to identify how the New Testament authors relate this theme to the Old Testament which sets up a survey of the theme in the Old Testament itself. The author finishes with a consideration of New Testament application. Though the author recognizes that this method is not "the only way a biblical-theological investigation can be carried out," I found it very helpful as well as easy to follow.
I found that the theme in question and how the author conveyed his research both exalting to Jesus and edifying to me. With clear explanations and concise writing, Goldsworthy explains and expounds the theme "Son of God" and in doing so paints a picture of a glorious Saviour. In following this golden thread through the New and Old Testament, I found myself not only educated, but also enraptured; what a wonderful Saviour this God-man is. As has been my experience, following different thematic concepts through all of Scripture leads to some edifying discoveries. For instance, Goldsworthy's study conveyed to me the surprising emphasis the Bible places on an actual location when dealing with God's work in creation. In fact, the author suggests God's redemptive plan can be explained simply: "God's people in God's place under God's rule." It was only through this investigation of the "Son of God" in Scripture that I became aware of this important detail. So, I found in this book, as I have found in other biblical theologies, a very helpful and God-honouring teaching.
The series in general, and this book in particular, are intended to build up the church. The Son of God and the New Creation will build up the church, even the less-than-intellectual types as well as the I-have-an-aversion-to-reading types. Before getting this book in my hands, if you asked me to picture a book on biblical theology I would have envisioned a massive tome of at least 700 pages. The works on biblical theology that I have read are exactly that; large books that trace a theme through every book of the Bible, beginning in Genesis and ending in Revelation. They were incredibly impactful books that I am very grateful to have read. But they are not for everyone. The length alone would eliminate most people. That is where a book like the one in consideration succeeds; it is accessible to every level of reader and it will be helpful to every level of reader. In my opinion, putting biblical theology within the reach of the average church member is a significant contribution to the body of Christ.
With the aim of writing a biblical-theological study of the "Son of God" that is edifying to the church and exalting to the church's Saviour, I can say with conviction that The Son of God and the New Creation is a brilliant success. I recommend this book and am looking forward to the next in the series.
A copy of this book was given to me from the publisher for the purpose of review.