Biblical Theology as a Bridge Discipline

I came across Matt’s blog this evening, among his many insightful posts was this gem. Enjoy!


Biblical Theology Diagram

What is biblical theology? In once sense, all good disciplined theological reflection on the Bible could be called “biblical theology”. However, there is also the discipline of biblical theology. I think Elmer Martens described the discipline of biblical theology well;

Biblical theology attempts to embrace the message of the Bible and to arrive at an intelligible coherence of the whole despite the great diversity of the parts. Or, to put it another way: Biblical theology investigates the themes presented in Scripture and defines their inter-relationships. Biblical theology is an attempt to get to the theological heart of the Bible.

Now, let me explain why I believe that the discipline of  biblical theology is of utmost importance. Most seminary students are required to complete courses in Old Testament, New Testament, and Systematic Theology. Many of these seminarians exit their studies with a good grasp of the two testaments on their own, and a good understanding of systematized…

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