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Perhaps it’s been done before, but I can’t think of anyone offhand who has pulled of the trifecta of writing a fullscale Pauline theology, New Testament theology, and whole-Bible biblical theology. But with the forthcoming publication of The King in His Beauty: A Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments (Baker Academic, July 2013), Tom Schreiner will have done just that.

These may not be the only books you need to read in their respective categories, but I would recommend them as the first. Schreiner writes clearly, winsomely, insightfully, and doxologically.

Baker briefly describes this new work: “Schreiner emphasizes three interrelated and unified themes that stand out in the biblical narrative: God as Lord, human beings as those who are made in God’s image, and the land or place in which God’s rule is exercised. The goal of God’s kingdom is to see the king in his beauty and to be enraptured in his glory.”

Here are some early reviews:

“Schreiner’s one-volume biblical theology is a bountiful bonanza of biblical storytelling. In a time when biblical studies has become partitioned between Hebrew Bible and the Greek New Testament, Schreiner reminds us that there is one God, one book, and one story. A story about God the king, his kingdom, his people, and the triumph of the Lord Jesus Christ. A nuanced and much-needed book to help Christians understand what the Bible is about and how it all hangs together.”

Michael F. Bird, Crossway College, Brisbane, Australia

“A wonderfully clear and faithful account of biblical theology. This book is both intellectually compelling and honoring to God and so deserves to be widely read.”

Simon Gathercole, senior lecturer in New Testament, University of Cambridge; editor, Journal for the Study of the New Testament

“Having written major volumes on Pauline theology and New Testament theology, Tom Schreiner places a remarkable capstone on his work by tackling a biblical theology of the entire canon of Scripture. And he is up to the task, clearly and consistently tracing the theme of God as king and the ultimate triumph of the kingdom of God from Genesis through Revelation. Few volumes have dealt so comprehensively and so well with the grand narrative of Scripture from beginning to end.”

Mark L. Strauss, professor of New Testament, Bethel Seminary San Diego

“A book that wonderfully unites all the books of the Bible. Few authors have the command of learning, the gift of teaching, and the heart for God that this volume reflects. Digest this book to elevate your grasp of the Bible and to find your soul riveted like never before to the king in his beauty.”

Robert W. Yarbrough, professor of New Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri

“From the garden of Eden to the garden of Paradise, Tom Schreiner deftly takes the reader through the entire narrative of the history of redemption. Giving attention to every part of the canonical scriptures, Schreiner shows how the Bible coheres under the theme of the kingdom or rule of God. The payoff is a virtual feast of theological, practical, and devotional insights. In a simple, direct, and non-technical way, this book will bring Christians to a new understanding and appreciation of the entire Bible.”

Donald A. Hagner, George Eldon Ladd Professor Emeritus of New Testament, Fuller Theological Seminary

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12 thoughts on “A Biblical Theology to Look Forward to in 2013”

  1. Looks fantastic! I don’t know how you always find out about these things first, but it’s great that you pass the discoveries on when you make them …

  2. Luma says:

    I know it’s going to take me a couple of years to get a handle on Biblical Theology, excited to add this to my reading/studies. Thanks, Justin!

  3. Why?! Why?! I just finished Beale’s biblical theology and I have 20 books on back-log. There is just too much good stuff coming out.

  4. Joshua Otte says:

    Can you confirm if Schreiner is taking a canonical/book by book approach to this BT? Do you see this as a strength or weakness? How do you think this will compare to Hamilton’s BT?

  5. James says:

    Yes, my Lord is beautiful in His manly glory.

  6. MarkO says:

    Are there any excerpts available? Endorsements are helpful, but to a point. Getting an overview of content is better I think. Getting a slice of tone and an idea of ‘cursus’ I find useful as I weigh a book purchase.

    Thanks for the heads up on this one.

  7. Justin Taylor says:

    I haven’t seen the book yet or samples. I’ll update the post if I get them. It probably hasn’t been typeset yet.

  8. Oren Martin says:

    Joshua – Yes, Schreiner’s BT takes a book-by-book approach (he even comments on every Psalm and relates it to the entire Psalter!). His work shows 30 years of carefully studying, meditating on, teaching and preaching, and applying all of Scripture such that the result is a rich BT that listens to the parts in light of the whole. For those who take up and read, it will yield a greater love for and obedience to the King in his beauty.

  9. There aren’t any excerpts yet, but I was able to get the table of contents from Baker. It’s on my blog:

  10. I am so glad to hear of Tom Schreiner’s biblical theology book. His preaching has blessed me at some conferences, and I am looking forward to reading his book. Understanding the big picture in the Bible should be one of the first steps after salvation.

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