A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the New Testament: The Gospel Realized is the second Bible introduction released this year from RTS scholars both past and present. As with the OT volume, this introduction is designed for all Christians and unafraid of reading the Bible as a whole and with theological presuppositions.
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Past and present Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) professors came together to produce a new pair of Old and New Testament introductions with Crossway. These “Biblical-Theological” introductions are intended for pastors and general readers, and are made by scholars who are “appreciative of dogmatics” (p10) — that is, unafraid of systematic theology — and who uphold biblical inerrancy and Reformed theology. In this post I will review A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the Old Testament, edited by Miles Van Pelt.
If “Son of God” simply means that Jesus the second person of the Trinity, then what about all the other “sons” in the Bible such as angels (Job 38:7), Adam (Luke 3:38), Israel (Ex 4:22), Israel’s kings (2 Sam 7:14), and believers (Rom 8:14)? When I teach my session on Jesus as Son of God, I begin with this question and it is met with blank stares and the faint smell of cogs burning. The purpose of this story is not to imply that I have particularly dense students; far from it! However, the simple question catches one off guard. I was raised in Bible-teaching churches but wouldn’t have been prepared for this question either. So why the disconnect? Have we completely misunderstood what “Son of God” means in the Bible? Have our creeds and confessional statements led us astray? The Son of God and the New Creation, the flagship of the new Short Studies in Biblical Theology series from Crossway, probes these very questions. Seasoned Biblical Theology virtuoso Grame Goldsworthy is not the first to do this, but this book is unique in that it is aimed at everyday believers (p11).
I’m delighted to report that Crossway have produced the kind of Bible that everyone should read – one without verse numbers! I’m all for using verse numbers as references, but verse numbers (and chapters, more on that later) severely hinder natural reading. Add a double-column layout into the mix and things just get worse. Hence the new ESV Reader’s Bible being designed to help people read the Bible! It has a beautifully simple layout and I am looking forward to getting a hold of one.
God may use this book to save your life. Perhaps you’ve already read something like this in another review; I certainly have, and in more than one review! The thing is, though, I can’t avoid the potential redundancy in reiterating this important fact: Dangerous Calling could save your life.
Crossway are an excellent publisher of Christian books and now they have come up with a new and very easy system for bloggers to access the latest books (and some older ones too). You can find all the details here.