QOTD: N.T. Wright on the Importance of Theology for the Church

The reason we study Paul’s theology, I suggest, is that it has had to grow up quickly, to learn its new, complex, leading part within the music. Theology is the lifeblood of the ekklēsia, which is itself the central worldview-symbol. Without it—as any church will discover, to this day, if theology in general and Pauline theology in particular is ignored or marginalized!—the chance of the central worldview-symbol standing upright and supporting the rest of the building will be severely decreased.
Paul and the Faithfulness of God, 404.


The Great Evangelical Theology Giveaway! (@ZondervanAcademic)

BirdSomehow I received in the mail an extra review copy of Mike Bird’s Evangelical Theology: A Biblical and Systematic Introduction from the fine folks at Zondervan. Instead of using it at as doorstop (don’t worry Mike, I would not even consider it!), I figured it would be better served in the hands of one lucky winner. So, we are going to have a giveaway! How do you enter you ask? Great question! All you need to do to enter your name into the drawing is leave a comment telling me you did the following things—the more you do, the more chances you have of winning Mike Bird’s excellent new book:

  1. Comment on this post and share how Mike’s book will benefit your personal studies
  2. Follow me on Twitter (leave a comment saying you did)
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While you are at, you should also follow Mike Bird (@mbird12) and Zondervan Academic (@ZonderAcademic) on Twitter.

In a few weeks I will close the giveaway and pick the winner.

Because I am poor, I must limit this to USA and possibly Canada.

In The Mail: @ZonderAcademic Edition

BirdI received in the mail this week Mike Bird’s Evangelical Theology: A Biblical and Systematic Introduction, courtesy of Jesse Hillman at Zondervan. No doubt this will be one of the big sellers at this year’s ETS/SBL. In fact, look for Mike cruising the halls of the exhibit hall and you may be able to get him to sign a copy for you. I look forward to reviewing this massive work of pure awesomeness!




QOTD: William Dumbrell on Biblical Theology

As a discipline biblical-theology often assumes a wide variety of expressions. Yet at the heart of each of these expressions is the overriding presupposition that the rich diversity of Scripture serves its profound unity. Further, this “diversity within unity” is most clearly seen through a consideration of the historical development of theological themes. And, this historical progression of ideas runs from one end of the Bible to the other. In other words, the entire Bible is moving, growing according to a common purpose and towards a common goal (thus we can say that the whole Bible is “eschatological”).

William Dumbrell. The End of the Beginning: Revelation 21–22 and the Old Testament (Emphasis added).

Festschrift for Greg Beale Being Published in the Fall

From Creation to New Creation: Essays on Biblical Theology and ExegesisIt looks like Hendrickson will be publishing a well deserved festschrift honoring Dr. Greg Beale. Edited by two former students of Beale—Drs. Ben Gladd and Daniel GurtnerFrom Creation to New Creation: Essays on Biblical Theology and Exegesis looks to be a fine tribute to one of the nicest men I have had the privilege met. Look for this to be out just in time for SBL/ETS later this year.

Book Notes: Earliest Christian History (Mohr Siebeck)

martin hengelA few weeks Mohr Siebeck graciously sent a review copy of the recently published collection of essays honoring Martin Hengel entitled Earliest Christian History: History, Literature and Theology. Edited by Mike Bird and Jason Maston, these essays originated with the Tyndale Fellowship in Cambridge. Some of the contributors include former students and close associates of Hengel like Don Hagner, Seyoon Kim, and Roland Denies. Each of the essays represent areas of study that Hengel spent his life teaching and writing on.

I just finished reading the first to chapters of the book, both of which are biographical sketches on Hengel: “Martin Hengel as Theological Teacher” by Jörg Frey and “Martin Hengel: Christology in Service of the Church” by Roland Denies. These two chapters do much in introducing Martin Hengel’s influence in NT studies and the motivation and desire he had to serve the Church. They portray Hengel not just only as an astute historian, but also a man deeply engaged in the theological study of the NT. Hengel was a man who loved to teach and a man who never stopped learning. He is presented as a warm man, always approachable and interested in the work of his students, both while they were working on a PhD and after they already secured teaching posts. It is always nice when I hear such recollections of men that I look up to from afar, and Hengel is such a man. He loved the Bible and never tired of learning from it. Jörg Frey offers this memorable memory of Hengel in his opening paragraph:

The scene was unforgettable. During the orientation days for new students of Protestant Theology—beginning winter semester 1983/84—representatives of the famous Tübigen Faculty in the Evangelischen Stift had to introduce the various theological disciplines. Every one of them tried to feature the importance of their subject for theology as a whole, but they all missed to create that real tingle that could have fascinated the novice. Only one went beyond limits. He did not keep talking about his scholarly field for very long, but instead he put great emphasis on its object, the New Testament. Whilst pulling a little heavily worn blue booklet—his old “Nestle-Aland”—out of his pocket, swinging it through the air, he urged his audience with great vigour: “Read this book! In Greek! It’s a good book.