Tuesday 30 September 2014

Biblical Theology for Christian Proclamation

B&H has announced the launch in 2015 of ‘Biblical Theology for Christian Proclamation’, a new 40-volume commentary series covering the Old and New Testaments. T. Desmond Alexander, Thomas R. Schreiner, and Andreas J. Köstenberger are general editors for the series, and the first volume by Schreiner on Hebrews is due to be published in February 2015.

According to the series preface, the contributors are ‘united in their high view of Scripture, and in their belief in the underlying unity of Scripture, which is ultimately grounded in the unity of God himself’, each exploring ‘the contribution of a given book or group of books to the theology of Scripture as a whole’.

‘The major contribution of each volume... is a thorough discussion of the most important themes of the biblical book in relation to the canon as a whole. This format allows each contributor to ground Biblical Theology, as is proper, in an appropriate appraisal of the relevant historical and literary features of a particular book in Scripture while at the same time focusing on its major theological contribution to the entire Christian canon in the context of the larger salvation-historical metanarrative of Scripture. Within this overall format, there will be room for each individual contributor to explore the major themes of his or her particular corpus in the way he or she sees most appropriate for the material under consideration.

‘What distinguishes the present series is its orientation toward Christian proclamation. This is the Biblical Theology for Christian Proclamation commentary series! As a result, the ultimate purpose of this set of volumes is not exclusively, or even primarily, academic. Rather, we seek to relate Biblical Theology to our own lives and to the life of the church.’

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