Lecture 2: Biblical Theology in the Seminary and Bible College -- By: Graeme Goldsworthy

Journal: Southern Baptist Journal of Theology
Volume: SBJT 12:4 (Winter 2008)
Article: Lecture 2: Biblical Theology in the Seminary and Bible College
Author: Graeme Goldsworthy

Lecture 2: Biblical Theology in the Seminary and Bible College1

Graeme Goldsworthy*

*Graeme Goldsworthy is a minister of the Anglican Church of Australia and has served in churches in Sydney and Brisbane. He is a graduate of the Universities of Sydney, London, and Cambridge, and earned his Ph.D. at Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. He lectured at Moore Theological College, Sydney, in Old Testament, Biblical Theology, and Hermeneutics. Now retired, Dr. Goldsworthy continues as a visiting lecturer at Moore College to teach a fourth-year B.D. course in Evangelical Hermeneutics. He is the author of many books, including Preaching the Whole Bible As Christian Scripture (Eerdmans, 2000), According to Plan: The Unfolding Revelation of God in the Bible (InterVarsity, 2002), and Gospel-Centered Hermeneutics: Foundations and Principles of Evangelical Biblical Interpretation (InterVarsity, 2007).

The Awakening and Its Implications: A Personal Confession and Testimony

At the risk of appearing to be self-serving, I want to give you some idea of what makes me tick as a biblical theologian. I think this is necessary if you are to appreciate my position and to assess its relevance to yourselves. I am a child of my country and its culture, and of the spiritual heritage of Calvinistic evangelical Anglicanism through which I was converted at the age of sixteen.

In the year 1770, the year Beethoven was born and the year of the Boston massacre, Lieutenant James Cook, Royal Navy, sailed a 106-foot-long converted Yorkshire collier, His Majesty’s Barque Endeavour, up the entire length of the east coast of Australia, mapping some 2,000 miles of it as he went. Six years later, an ongoing dispute between King George III and the British colonies in North America had come to a head. This resulted in the unavailability of those regions as a dumping ground for the malcontents and petty criminals of Britain and Ireland. Consequently, attention turned to the newly charted east coast of Australia as an alternate venue to which the riff-raff could be sent. On January 26, 1788, after a voyage of eight months, Captain Arthur Phillip, in command of a fleet of eleven ships, moored in Sydney Cove and established the first European settlement in Australia as a British penal colony. Among those who landed was the Reverend Richard Johnson, an evangelical Anglican minister. The inclusion of a chaplain to the first fleet had been planned for some time, but the decision to appoint Johnson to this post appears to have been influenced by some prominent evangelicals including William Wilberforce and John Newton.

On a street corner in Sydney’s Central Business District there now...

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