Friday, July 13, 2012
Review of CHRIST-CENTERED BIBLICAL THEOLOGY by Graeme Goldsworthy
Photo Credit: Intervarsity Press
Who the book is for: People interested in the overall message of the Bible
Rating: 5 out of 5
How does the Bible fit together? Is it a bunch of different books and letters thrown together with a loose connection, or does it tell one overarching story? What is its purpose? Graeme Goldsworthy has come to be known as a respected voice in the area of Biblical Theology, and in his new book CHRIST-CENTERED BIBLICAL THEOLOGY from Intervarsity Press, he carefully reveals his approach to Biblical Theology and makes a strong case for the Bible’s unity.
Biblical Theology hasn’t always been taken seriously, something Goldsworthy points out in the early chapters of CHRIST-CENTERED BIBLICAL THEOLOGY. He begins with a critical look at some different attempts at reaching an overall unity for the Bible before going into his own approach which he attributes as inspired by fellow Moore College professor Donald Robinson.
Goldsworthy shows from the Old and New Testaments the Bible’s inherent unity as it chronicles redemptive history and the idea of God’s covenant faithfulness throughout Scripture. While a little wordy at times, Goldworthy’s approach is brilliant and biblically faithful. All of the Bible points to Jesus as it is the story of Jesus and his redemptive action in history. Goldsworthy gives some important tips on how to see each of the Bible’s texts as pointing ultimately to Christ.
CHRIST-CENTERED BIBLICAL THEOLOGY is an important work in the area of Biblical Theology, and anyone interested in the Bible’s unity should check it out. Reading it gave me more of a sense of how redemptive history is all about Jesus. He is its hero, and I’m thankful for what God has done and revealed through the Scriptures.
I received this book for free for review from Intervarsity Press, and the opinions contained in this review are completely my own