This is definitely a textbook, and one I would highly recommend to anyone doing any level of preaching or research on the prophetic books. It is not oThis is definitely a textbook, and one I would highly recommend to anyone doing any level of preaching or research on the prophetic books. It is not organized cannonically (in the order the books appear in the Bible), but rather chronologically (when it is most likely they were written). Rather than give you a straight-forward "here's how it is" factual approach Bullock outlines the various controversies and stances regarding each book.
That latter fact itself makes the book very valuable, for where commentaries or other books take one perspective and tend to present that as fact, this one presents varying perspectives. It definitely points towards one perspective in each case, supplying reasons for that support.
I'm not so sure I would recommend this for more passive Bible study, of the "I just want to learn a little more about the Bible" variety. Rather, this book is for anyone who really wants to dive in and study about the prophetic books and start to try understand them from a more academic perspective.
So, in the end, this is a solid book to supplement any Bible study being done on the prophetic books....more
Goldsworthy has written an excellent text outlining Biblical Theology in According to Plan. For anyone unfamiliar with Biblical Theology, this is an eGoldsworthy 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 the whole of the Bible's theology together - the text would be pretty much useless without the overview.
Actually, I found the chapters concerned with Revelation and the new creation very informing and helpful. They are almost worth the price of the book itself. By drawing on the Biblical themes he established in the rest of his overview, he really enables the reader to put the Biblical understanding of Christ's Kingdom and second coming into their correct theological context - and even alludes to a practical understanding of this in everyday life.
In the end, this is a great text for anyone wanting to dive a little deeper into Theology and thinking about God Biblically. And if you've never read anything about Biblical theology, this is an excellent place to start....more