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According to Plan

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The massive diversity and complexity of the Bible can make it a daunting project for anyone to tackle. Getting a grasp on the unity of the Bible, its central message from Genesis to Revelation, helps immensely in understanding the meaning of any one book or passage. That is the goal of this book by Graeme Goldsworthy. How do the Old and New Testaments fit together? What is...more
Paperback, 251 pages
Published October 10th 2002 by IVP Academic (first published 1991)
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Dianne Oliver
A great biblical overview that covered well the lines of God's chosen people- and what we can learn from these OT stories. (election, grace found in the OT, foreshadowing of Christ). I felt it was a solid review and there were things that I previously did not 'get' or think through. I found it interesting that the Jews are not all of Israel, but only the line of Judah, which were in part of Israel. That there were saved and unsaved people within the chosen people, and the reasons for their seemi...more
Scott Moonen
Liked it, but the main value for me was that it reminded me of all the great stuff in Vos.
Goldsworthy has written an excellent text outlining Biblical Theology in According to Plan. For anyone unfamiliar with Biblical Theology, this is an excellent introduction. Though he doesn't dive in too deep, Goldsworthy has definitely covered the basics.

A majority of the book is taken up by an outline of the Bible - connecting the theological points, if you will. This he does by working his way from Genesis to Revelation. It may seem like a lot, but Biblical Theology is focused upon connecting...more
Dan Curnutt
A fellow pastor here on staff suggested that I read this book by Graeme Goldsworthy. I am so happy that he did. This book easily fulfills Goldsworthy's stated purpose of, "to introduce the reader to an integrated theology of the whole Bible." Each chapter walks you through another aspect of God's design in the Bible of "making Himself known" to man. I have looked for a good primary text that would help my Bible students understand the Bible as a whole and the message that it is attempting to del...more
While the content was worthwhile, the writing style was so plodding and awkward the only reason I finished the book was because it was assigned reading by our pastor. (The other assigned book, Abraham's Four Seeds, was so fun that I couldn't wait to pick it back up between readings.) I absolutely had to soldier through the first two sections of this book. The third and fourth sections were significantly better, though they were still riddled with fragments and lost trains of thought. I think the...more
This book was my first introduction to "Biblical Theology." Although the book was interesting, it felt more like a running commentary of a Bible survey. All in all the book didn't stick out in any significant way. I also felt like the author grossly overlooked the Biblical background / support for certain "themes" in a few instances, and even ignored a few completely while making a passing statement that he had already covered the topic.

On the other hand, if the author were to treat all themes...more
I just read this in a sitting, mostly because the chapters are very short. This is an assigned text I have for D.A. Carson's class in the fall, so I am trying to read ahead. This is most definitely an intro to Biblical Theology, if you have already been exposed to good Biblical Theology this will not add anything new to you that you don't already know. The information is solid and concise, which makes it gloss over a lot and, like I said, it has short chapters. For me it was more of a demonstrat...more
Kevin Ashby
A wonderful introduction to how God has revealed himself in scripture. Goldsworthy walks you through the scripture chronologically to show that the God of the old testament is the God of the new testament - and his plan has been unfolding since before the beginning of time. I have never better grasped the unity of scripture and the completeness of Gods plan better. Highly recommended for new and old Christians alike. He comes at the issue from a reformed theological perspective so keep that in m...more
Dwight Davis
This is a hard book to rate. I think it's ultimately helpful for those who have next to no understanding of biblical theology (the intended audience as stated by Goldsworthy). However, there are some troubling epistemological assumptions behind the work that I think are dangerous to those who are uninformed (the intended audience of this work as stated by Goldsworthy). So I think I would recommend this book to anyone starting with chapter 8 which is where Goldsworthy actually begins to explore t...more
This book was overly simplified, overly assured, and poorly written. For those with absolutely no background on biblical theology, I would think The Drama of Scripture is a better starting point.
Scott Eaton
Excellent theology, but the book plods along. Only three stars because while I gained some tremendously helpful ideas, it was not really an "enjoyable" book to read.
very good introductory book on the unity of the Bible and the overarching meta-narrative
Wyatt Harris
Fairly simple and an almost over-generalization of the Bible as a whole. I guess it is supposed to be an introduction to a Biblical Theology, most likely for someone who has never dealt with the topic, and I was probably frustrated and bored when reading it. I would recommend two other books that do similar things: The Epic of Eden by Sandra Richter and As Far As the Curse is Found by Michael Williams. These two books do a much better job and are of similar length. I think Goldsworthy assumes to...more
I wanted a primer before diving into Vos, but this was a little too far removed I think. If you've never had any contact with Biblical Theology this is probably a good place to start. If you've been exposed to it before, even just by sitting under good redemptive/historical preaching, there's not going to be a lot new here for you.

This would work well as a small group or youth group study for Christians wanting to go a little deeper in their Biblical understanding and haven't had a lot of exposu...more
The content of this book is great and resolved a lot of questions I've always had about the Bible. I learned quite a bit about the Old Testament and its relationship to the New. The delivery...not always so great. It read sort of like a text book - very dry. I found the author's use of charts to be more confusing than beneficial, but I've always had trouble interpreting charts and graphs, so maybe that was just me. I'm really glad I read this, but it was a relief to finally finish...after six mo...more
This is a great introduction of biblical theology for 'ordinary' Christians, devoid of 'unnecessary technicalities. His presentation goes from Genesis to Revelation in clear words which stress the unity of the bible and the unifying theme of Christ the center of it all.
The suggested readings and study questions at the end of each chapter make this a text for an extended Sunday School series.
My advice is "Tolle Lege" take up and read!
Great intro to Biblical Theology. If you haven't had a lot of experience with tracing themes in the Bible, this would be a great place to start. Some of the charts were a little unnecessary for me, but I can see how they'd be helpful for people who are more visual. The narrative was great!
Yoel Ben David
This book does a lot more than suggest you focus in on the main theme of the bible as you read or teach your way through. Goldsworthy is essentially reading Jesus into the Old Testament even when he is not there. While the Old Testament points to Messiah quite clearly, reading Jesus into passages that do not clearly point to him does the message of the Gospel more damage than good.
Sep 18, 2014 Barry rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: bible
This is a good book, but it took me a while to figure out what the author was doing in it. After I figured it out I really liked it, but after I finished reading it I realized I didn't get that much out of it. Maybe if I read it again knowing from the beginning what he was doing I would get more out of it. All in all, I liked it, but it wasn't a life changing book.
Excellent introduction to biblical theology. The themes of the Kingdom of God and the covenant are developed throughout the book. He may be more covenantal than I am, but the focus on how Scripture supports this theme was really good.

I liked his emphasis on the need to start with the New Testament, go back to the Old, and then back to the New.

Great book.
I should have read it years ago when it was first recommended to me! Brings the whole bible together as a single unfolding account. The unexpected part is that this big picture overview turns out to have heaps of very practical implications, and has helped clarify some questions I have long had in the "find out later" category.
Tanya Johnson
This is a different way to study theology. It guides you through each doctrine through a timeline starting in Creation and ending in Revelation. It is challenging and the questions at the end of each chapter are worth discussing with someone. This book was my subject outline for Theology during my diploma year at bible college.
Ross Parmly
This was the first book I read on biblical theology. This is a great resource if you want to become familiar with the story of the Old Testament so you can have a greater appreciation for each individual book. Goldsworthy will take you to the peak of the mountain so you can see the big picture of what lies below.
Dejuan Brown
Great book that shows how all of Scripture points to Christ. The Gospel event is the central event that ties both Old and New Testaments together. Goldsworthy does a marvelous job of showing how God's plan unfolds from Genesis to Revelation! I highly recommend this for those who wonder how the Bible "works."
Dec 28, 2009 Amanda is currently reading it
This is my second read of this book - I got lost the first time. Excellent approach to understanding the whole of the Bible and very helpful in how it aligns with the teaching at Youth Leadership Conference/Biblical theology. This will be a book to keep coming back to.
I normally read books quickly, but this one took me over a year of stops and starts. It does a better job of engaging the mind than the heart (which, I think, was it's intent), but it helped me to gain a better understanding of the bigger picture of scripture.
High Pointe Baptist Church
More thorough (and challenging) than God's Big Picture (below). Examines how God planned for the diverse parts of the Bible to fit together. Strengthens our ability to speak the gospel, as well as interpret and apply Scripture to everyday circumstances.
Aug 28, 2009 John rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2009
I started this one several years ago and read portions of it in bed since. This is a very good introduction to the Bible as well as the theology of the Bible. It is best suited for a new believer or a late high school or college reader.
Leanne Stephenson
Graeme Goldsworthy explains God's plan of salvation as laid out in the Bible. This book helped me understand the Old Testament and how vital it is for understanding the New Testament. I could not recommend a book more highly.
you must read this book! :)
The book gave me a big picture/outline of the bible. It definitely helped me alot reading the Old Testament.

My favorite book of 2008! And I am going to read it again.
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Graeme Goldsworthy is an Australian Anglican and Old Testament scholar. Now retired, Goldsworthy was formerly lecturer in Old Testament, biblical theology and hermeneutics at Moore Theological College in Sydney, Australia. He is the author of According to Plan (IVP, 1991) and Preaching the Whole Bible as Christian Scripture (Eerdmans, 2000). Goldsworthy has an MA from Cambridge University and a Th...more
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