In Biblical Theology, Ben Witherington, III, examines the theology
of the Old and New Testaments as a totality. Going beyond an
account of carefully crafted Old and New Testament theologies, he
demonstrates the ideas that make the Bible a sacred book with a
unified theology. Witherington brings a distinctive methodology to
this study. Taking a constructive approach, he first examines the
foundations of the writers' symbolic universe - what they thought
and presupposed about God - and how they revealed those thoughts
through the narratives of the Old and New Testaments. He also shows
how the historical contexts and intellectual worlds of the Old and
New Testaments conditioned their narratives, and, in the process,
created a large coherent Biblical world view, one that
progressively reveals the character and action of God. Thus, the
Yahweh of the Old Testament, the Son in the Gospels, and the
Father, Son, and Spirit in the New Testament writings are viewed as
persons who are part of the singular divine identity. Sensitive to
do a more than merely thematic reading of the Bible which strips
texts out of their original context, Witherington's progressive
revelation approach allows each part of the canon to be read in its
original context and with its original meaning. The result is a
Biblical theology that allows Jews and Christian's to dialogue
about and appreciate the sacred scriptures in both testaments. The
capstone work of an internationally known theologian, Biblical
Theology also offers new insights on key theological issues,
including the character of God, grace, covenants, salvation,
election, and eschatology as they relate to the doctrine of God.
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