Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous
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Paul: Apostle of God’s Glory in Christ by Thomas R. Schreiner, Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2001, 486 pp., cloth, $30.00
Modern biblical scholarship is obsessed with biblical theology as opposed to systematic theology. This has some benefits, but also some downsides. Many theologies of certain biblical authors or books do not seek to integrate what they have discovered with Scripture as a whole. Thomas Schreiner on the other hand, has done a masterful job at understanding Paul’s theology in light of the rest of Scripture.
Schreiner (Professor of New Testament at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY) has attempted to develop a Pauline theology from all of his writings. Schreiner rightly sees all of the books attributed to Paul as being written by him, and has found as the major theme of Paul’s writings to be that Paul was the “Apostle of God’s Glory in Christ.” Ultimately, what Schreiner has said, is that Paul’s major theme is God’s glory, ultimately reflected in the person and work of Christ. This is a rather refreshing theme, especially for dispensationalists whom have seen God’s glory as being the theme of all of Scripture.
However, there are some problems with Schreiner’s work. He has some tendencies toward Progressive Dispensationalism, including seeing the promises to the Jews as being fulfilled, in a sense, today. There are various other issues on which some would disagree.
Nonetheless, on a whole, this is a very helpful volume. Generally this subject is filled with presumptions but Schreiner has produced an understanding of Paul’s theology directly from the Scriptures. His ability to then synthesize this material makes this a valuable volume for the study of the NT, for biblical theology, and for the study of the theology of Paul. Those who preach and teach the Bible would find this volume to be of great profit and should
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seriously consider having it in their library.
Allen R. Mickle, Jr.
Th.M. Student, Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary
1 & 2 Timothy and Titus by R. Kent Hughes and Bryan Chapell, Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2000, 415 pp., cloth, $21.99
This is a very good addition to the Preaching the Word Series. Both authors have pastoral experience. Chapell was a pastor for several years before being named President of Covennat Theological Seminary. For many years Hughes has been the senior pastor at College Church, Wheaton.
As the title of the series implies, these works are geared primarily for preachers yet all can benefit from them. This volume should...
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