The burgeoning “theological interpretation of Scripture” movement has gained much notoriety, but it has yet to demonstrate consistently that dogmatic reflection both aids and flows from exegesis of biblical texts. This volume includes essays on critical passages related to a number of key doctrinal loci (e.g. Genesis 1, Exodus 3, Proverbs 8, John 1). It also intentionally offers examples of theological commentary on various genres of Scripture (on biblical narrative, poetry, wisdom, gospels, and epistles), showing how the whole Bible can be read theologically for the church. The volume includes essays by notable scholars conversing with the canon, the creed, and our contemporary culture: including Kevin Vanhoozer, Michael Horton, Henri Blocher, R. W. L. Moberly, and D. A. Carson.
This excellent collection brings together some fine examples of theological interpretation at work on particular biblical texts, along with some sympathetic assessments of the prospects for reading Scripture theologically. Each of the essays demonstrates exegetical finesse, theological alertness, and sensitivity to the spiritual dimensions of study of Scripture; taken together, they deserve a wide and attentive readership.
Professor of Systematic Theology, University of Aberdeen
The twofold task skillfully undertaken in this volume should inspire all Christians:first, to practice reading Scripture unabashedly as God’s self-revelation with Christ Jesus at its center, while benefiting from historical-critical research;second, to do so from within the (ecclesial) act of faith and thus from a dogmatic perspective – in this case, by and large, Reformed dogmatics. Michael Allen is to be commended for his vision of theological renewal.
Professor of Theology, University of Dayton