What Is Biblical Theology?: A Guide to the Bible's Story, Symbolism, and Patternsby James M. Hamilton Jr.
This concise and highly readable book orients readers to the unified story of Scripture, helping Christians grasp the perspective of the biblical writers and follow their lead in reading and interpreting God’s Word.
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James M. Hamilton is the associate professor of biblical theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kentucky. He's the author of several books including his new one; What is Biblical Theology? A Guide to the Bible's Story, Symbolism and Patterns. And you'd think a book with such a long title might be long and unapproachable, but truthfully Mr. Hamilton writes a wonderful starter on such a grand topic. Each chapter guides the reader through the over-arching theme of scripture which is a pursuant creator who tirelessly reaches down to creation to protect, love and bestow His grace. Mr. Hamilton does a great job breaking the walls down between New and Old Testament or even chapter and verse to pull the curtain back on reading the Bible as a single work. Often times I felt that I was in a Church service with Mr. Hamilton, or even in one of his classes and I could just picture him speaking. Again, this is not a text book - it reads like a conversation - it reads like Mr Hamilton is with you, guiding you through the pages of the Bible and he's telling his own story along the way. I acquired this book, hoping that it would be a good reference in our Church library and I am pleased that it is exactly what I was hoping for. This would make a wonderful introduction to the scriptures for a new believer, or even make great source material for a sermon series on the word of God. Well recommended. Thank you to Crossway books for this advanced copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.