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To acquire a comprehensive biblical theology is not easy for the student or scholar in light of the myriad of interpretations, ideas, and discussions surrounding the nature and scope of the Old and New Testaments. Drs. Hasel and Scobie offer excellent solutions to the problem. While providing a thorough survey of the pertinent literature of many leading scholars, Hasel suggests several basic proposals for studying theology with an historical and theological method which seeks to be faithful to the biblical material. Scobie offers a unified approach to Scripture that encompasses the entire sweep of divine revelation, uniting the Old and New Testaments with themes that connect God to the history of His people.
In this bold and impressive book Charles Scobie has accomplished what many biblical scholars would regard as virtually impossible. Working with a framework of promise and fulfillment and taking a thematic approach, Scobie has produced a unified biblical theology—that is, a truly integrated theology of both Old and New Testament. Encyclopedic in its coverage, fully conversant with scholarship, sensitive in its treatment of the issues, and evangelical in perspective, Scobie’s brilliant synthesis brings the whole of the Bible back to the church. Here is a book that is not only informative but also edifying. A magnificent accomplishment.
—Donald A. Hagner, Fuller Theological Seminary
Charles Scobie offers a remarkably clear and nontechnical account of the theology of the Bible as a whole in its canonical form. It is comprehensive and orderly, more concerned to set out the teaching and implications of the text than to engage in critical investigations of what lies behind the text, and aiming to provide the church with a basis for the development of its own systematic theology. At a time when the compartmentalization of biblical and theological studies is being increasingly deprecated, it is good to have an author who is so knowledgeable in both the Old Testament and the New Testament and able to produce such an attractive synthesis of their teaching, demonstrating that they do indeed belong together as witness to God’s ongoing revelation and redeeming work.
—I. Howard Marshall, University of Aberdeen
Breathtaking in its scope and audacious in its execution, Charles Scobie’s book tackles with erudition and clarity a task that, for a couple of generations now, scholars have thought impossible. Scobie demonstrates convincingly that biblical theology can be done intelligently and can illuminate the life and practice of the Christian church.
—Peter Richardson, University of Toronto