Monday, February 4, 2013

The End of Biblical Theology

About five years ago I was introduced to the discipline known as biblical theology. It is a way of reading the Scriptures as a narrative whole. Biblical theology seems to be the “in” thing right now. I am glad about that. I also appreciate statements like this:

One would hope that when biblical theology is grasped as a way of thinking about the God of the Bible, which in turn generates a way of reading the Bible, ‘biblical-theological’ Old Testament preaching will not so much ‘tell the gospel story’ as ‘tell the gospel-shaped God’. The proper end of biblical theology is not narrative but theology.

Those are words from Andrew G. Shead in his book A Mouth Full of Fire: The Word of God in the Words of Jeremiah. It is an interesting book that I intend to review on Friday.

What are your thoughts on Shead’s statement? Is the “proper end of biblical theology” not a narrative but theology?

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