As we’re reading through Him We Proclaim I wanted to make sure that we’re all on the same page when we’re talking about Biblical Theology. So here’s a couple quotes and some resources you’ll want to have handy.
From the evangelical preacher’s point of view, biblical theology involves the quest for the big picture, or the overview of biblical revelation. It is of the nature of biblical theology that it tells a story rather than sets out timeless principles in abstraction. It does contain many timeless principles, but not in abstract. They are given in an historical context of progressive revelation. If we allow the Bible to tell its own story, we find a coherent and meaningful whole.
Graeme Goldsworthy, Preaching the Whole Bible as Christian Scripture, 22.
To understand the Bible as a single divinely-inspired narrative, a revelation of God’s purpose and plan for humanity that unfolds in time and space, is the task of biblical theology. More than just theology that is biblical, biblical theology attempts to understand God’s revelation as it progressively unfolds in history and culminates in the person of Jesus Christ. It tries to understand how the Old Testament points forward to and prepares us for the New, and how the New Testament is contained in the Old.
Michael Lawrence, “Where is Your Story Written”, Nov-Dec 06 9News.