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There is an abundant need today for biblically grounded and practically applied theology. In this book, a New Testament scholar and a theologian team up to offer readers a robust introduction to biblical and theological studies. This readable guide outlines a distinctly evangelical approach to studying the Bible and theology, highlighting the proper methods for understanding and synthesizing the teachings of the Bible, leading to deeper knowledge of God, ourselves, and how we are to meaningfully apply his Word to our lives. Part of the Reclaiming the Christian Intellectual Tradition series.
In the latest addition to the unique Reclaiming the Christian Intellectual Tradition series, a New Testament scholar (Wilkins) and a theologian (Thoennes) team up to offer readers a robust introduction to biblical and theological studies. Designed to help Christian students delve into these disciplines, this readable guide outlines a distinctly evangelical approach to studying the Bible and theology. It succinctly defines a variety of sub-disciplines while highlighting key assumptions that are crucial for solid interpretation and application. The authors also explore important contemporary issues such as the influence of postmodernism, the “new perspective on Paul,” the impact of increasing religious pluralism, and the future of Israel.
About the Author
Michael J. Wilkins (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is distinguished professor of New Testament language and literature and dean of the faculty at Biola University’s Talbot School of Theology. He is the author of numerous books, commentaries, and articles.
Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary:
Wilkins and Thoennes have provided an ideal introduction for students who want to become acquainted with biblical and theological studies. The book is concise and brief while covering an astonishing number of topics. Most importantly, the authors are sure-footed and faithful guides in both biblical studies and theology.
Daniel L. Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary:
A helpful introduction to the world of biblical and theological studies. Beginning students will find that this little book provides big dividends.
Robert E. Coleman, Distinguished Senior Professor of Evangelism and Discipleship, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary:
Students seeking the best in evangelical scholarship will find it here. Profoundly simple and masterfully written, this book will help anyone wanting to be equipped for the study of theology. Read it with a bowed head and grateful heart.
Tim L. Anderson, Professor of Theology, Corban University; author, What the Bible Says about Intimacy with God:
Wilkins and Thoennes, impressive models of scholarship and teaching in their own right, have crafted this readable ‘preface’ as an aid for our students who are perplexed about the nature and relationship of biblical studies and theology. The mind fog that can surround these two fields makes it hard for us to connect the dots for our learners. Thus it can be difficult to move forward toward a shared passion of what we should do with the Bible and theology. Wilkins and Thoennes bring texture and unity to what are often perceived as merely isolated and abstract terms to be memorized. This book will help enliven the minds and souls of evangelical biblical and theological students and scholars in this generation.