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The King in His Beauty: A Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments

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Thomas Schreiner, a respected scholar and a trusted voice for many students and pastors, offers a substantial and accessibly written overview of the whole Bible. He traces the storyline of the scriptures from the standpoint of biblical theology, examining the overarching message that is conveyed throughout. Schreiner emphasizes three interrelated and unified themes that st ...more
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Published July 15th 2013 by Baker Academic
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Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Tom Schreiner has done what few scholars have done: written a New Testament theology, a book on Paul, major commentaries on Romans & Galatians, and with *The King In His Beauty* now completed a whole-Bible biblical theology - the Triple Crown for biblical scholars. However, *The King In His Beauty* seems to have a different focus than his other major works. While his NT Theology & book on Paul are masterful evangelical scholarship written for the academy, *The King In His Beauty* - while ...more
David Steele
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The King In His Beauty by Tom Schreiner is a book about biblical theology. But my suspicion is that 0801039398_bthe author would agree enthusiastically with my assertion that the book is a worship manual. Schreiner's work weigh in at 646 pages. Each page is filled with heart-warming theology and mind-stretching propositions. But when the work is considered as a whole - it is, in the final analysis a worship manual.

The book is arranged in nine parts.

Part 1: Creation to the
Nate Claiborne
I don't know if I'll complete a cover to cover of this, but I finished the Pentateuch section, a couple of prophets, a gospel, and some epistles to get the overall flavoring of Schreiner's project.

This is a great theological overview of the Bible. Schreiner engages key themes and spends more time on exposition than scholarly interaction, which makes this perhaps ideal for your average (though dedicated) reader. Pastors will benefit as well, and I've consulted the sections on each boo
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I had this book on my wish list the year before it came out. 

For three reasons. First, Dr. Thomas Schreiner is one of my favorite scholars. I read through his prestigious commentary on Romans, and developed a deep appreciation for his scholarly writing voice, and well as the sheer depth of his focus. Second, Biblical Theologies are a favorite area of study for me---at least for the last year. It is often entrenched in complexity, so Graeme Goldsworthy's definition will serve the purpose of this blog p
Honestly one of my favorite books I have ever read. Schreiner deftly moves through each book of the Bible (while grouping some, such as Paul's epistles), showing how each connects to the Bible's overall storyline and themes while letting them speak for themselves. It is a treasure trove of Biblical knowledge, wisdom, and insight. It's written at a level that I think most Christians could handle, despite its length, and I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to get a better handle on how t ...more
Aug 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
There are some books that are good for theologians, but not good for laypeople. Rare is a book which pleases both. This is one, in my opinion. Tom Schreiner makes each book/genre of the Bible easy to understand by examining its various themes and topics.
Michael Rachel
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
I waited for this volume with eager expectation. Sadly, after reading it, I am surprisingly disappointed. My main contention is, I fail to understand why Schreiner wrote this book! I struggled to see what he was adding to the BT discussion and what contribution he made in light of other masterful BT works in the last several decades. This book read more like an introduction to the Bible 101 than what I expected from someone of the caliber of Schreiner.

Despite my unpleasant attitude towards this
Dwight Davis
Apr 14, 2014 rated it did not like it
Calling this a "biblical theology" is misleading. It is more of an overview of the story of the bible with little to no exposition or theology being done.

Schreiner offers nothing new here, just a book by book survey of the bible. I'm not entirely sure why this book exists. It is of no lasting value and contributes nothing that has not already been contributed before. I'm really disappointed.

I guess I could recommend this to those who have next to no experience with the bible and would benefit
Trevor Binkley
Dec 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a phenomenal resource! I was thoroughly impressed with Schreiner's combination of clarity and brevity. He touches down on the unfolding theme of Kingdom in every biblical book, looking at it as the key theme running through the Scriptures.

I have read numerous Biblical Theologies, but this is the first one that I would recommend to everyone. Whether you desire to simply understand the Scriptures better, or you need a solid resource for studying to preach or teach the Bible, this is a mus
Brian Collins
Sep 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
In this biblical theology Thomas Schreiner studies the themes of the books of the Bible (Paul's epistles are grouped together in a single section, as are some other smaller sections, like Luke-Acts). Schreiner either follows a thematic approach or a literary one in which he traces the main themes of successive sections. Overall, his comments are insightful and the book gives a good overview of Scripture's main themes.
Philip Taylor
Mar 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Quite simply brilliant. Richly suggestive for further study and devotional. At the risk of getting a hit put on me by Colin Campbell, if you have a good study bible and this book then you could quite happily thrive without anything else. Schreiner essentially gives a high-level running commentary of every book in the Bible. But his comments are also deep (see Genesis and Matthew to get a feel for what I am saying). I defy anyone to read his comments on Revelation and not be encouraged.
Brian Pate
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellent! Helped me grasp the big picture of the Bible.
Bret James Stewart
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Schreiner has produced a very well-done book. First off, it is hard cover and, therefore, sturdy and great for study in that it can be left open while referencing other works. It is clearly laid out with no errors I recognized. There is a bibliography and indices for author, scripture, and subject, which are a must for serious scholarly works. The book is not heavily academic and includes footnotes, which I appreciate as sources and information are readily available to expand upon the ideas of t ...more
May 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bible, theology
Essentially a one-volume commentary on the Bible, Mr. Schreiner pours his lifetime of Biblical study and expertise into this epic work. He seamlessly blends exegesis, theology, scholastic notes, and much more, creating a veritable manual on the bigger pictures of the Bible. While his main thesis is that the kingdom of God is one of the central themes of the Bible, Mr. Schreiner highlights various themes as they arise. This allows the intricate and interlacing patterns of the Bible to spring fort ...more
Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have been looking forward to this book for quite some time as Dr. Schreiner has been immensely helpful in my spiritual growth over the past few years (even though I don't agree with him about everything). Needless to say, I was not disappointed in the least with this book. I have admittedly not made it through this entire book (it is 736 pages long), but what I have read so far has been outstanding and really backs up Schreiner's main thesis that the "kingdom of God" fits well as the central t ...more
Matt Crawford
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
By far the best book on Biblical TheologyI have been privy too. Schreiner spans the entire bible. His concern is the text rather than limiting his exposition to particular themes. Rather than a collection of several small themes or one particular big theme, he puts the author of the books of Bible front and center. He does show the themes that the text presents, but does not sacrifice the text in lieu of it. IN the later chapters, he makes it a point to use the title in some of the chapters conc ...more
Sep 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: theology
This year I am reading and meditating through the Bible following a two-year reading plan. Schreiner's Biblical Theology has been a perfect supplement to that reading. As Schreiner traces the major themes that link the Bible's larger story together, I find myself seeing things that I've never seen and worshipping in ways that I've never worshipped. I would encourage anyone who wants to better understand the Bible's meta-narrative to read this book.
Sam Knecht
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the first Genesis-Revelation biblical theology I've read, so I don't have much to compare it to. Schreiner gives an eye-opening account of God's revealed characteristics as king and the marks of His kingdom.
Lucas Bradburn
May 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
True to form, Schreiner has produced another excellent work. Clear, brief, and biblical. What more could you ask for?
Josh Yen
Dec 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Tough read...pretty long...but very thorough and rich.
David Thommen
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One if the best treatments of the storyline of Scripture.
Josue Guzman
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Muy buen libro que trata los principales temas teológicos en los libros. No estoy de acuerdo como trato Apocalipsis, pero en lo general muy bueno.
May 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is rich and comprehensive biblical theology that will leave you in awe of the story of scripture and amazed at the greatness of our God.
Aug 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An excellent biblical theology on the kingdom of God and the King revealing himself in his beauty.
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great resource to go along with any introductions to OT/NT. Very helpful in both his overviews of books of Bible and his connection of themes between the books.
Michael Abraham
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I read this in conjunction with my Bible reading plan over the past four months. Schreiner proves to be a consistent, helpful, and humble scholar. I'd highly recommend this biblical theology for church members. It's 700+ pages, but the writing is simple and devotional.
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Thomas R. Schreiner (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including New Testament Theology; Magnifying God in Christ; Apostle of God's Glory in Christ; and Romans in the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament.
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