Christian theologians rarely study the Old Testament in its final Hebrew canonical form, even though this was very likely the Bible used by Jesus and the early church. However, once read as a whole, the larger structure of the Hebrew Bible (Tanakh) provides a "wide-angle lens" through which its contents can be viewed.
In this stimulating New Studies in Biblical Theology volume, Stephen G. Dempster argues that, despite its undoubted literary diversity, the Hebrew Bible possesses a remarkable structural and conceptual unity. The various genres and books are placed within a comprehensive narrative framework which provides an overarching literary and historical context. The many texts contribute to this larger text, and find their meaning and significance within its story of "dominion and dynasty," which ranges from Adam to the Son of Man, from David to the coming Davidic king.
Addressing key issues in biblical theology, the works comprising New Studies in Biblical Theology are creative attempts to help Christians better understand their Bibles. The NSBT series is edited by D. A. Carson, aiming to simultaneously instruct and to edify, to interact with current scholarship and to point the way ahead.
"Dempster's reading of the story line of the Old Testament is fresh, provocative, helpful--and doubtless will prove to be the stuff of many sermons and lectures. His closing chapter points to some of the links that bind the Old and New Testaments together, an obviously urgent goal for the Christian preacher and teacher."
1. A Book or a Ragbag: A Literary Approach to Old Testament Theology
2. The Beginning, Middle and Ending of the Tanakh: A Preview of the Storyline (Adam to David)
3. The Narrative Storyline Begins (Genesis)
4. The Narrative Storyline Continues (Exodus to Deuteronomy)
5. The Narrative Storyline Continues: The Former Prophets (Joshua to Kings)
6. Suspension of the Storyline--Poetic Commentary Begins: The Latter Prophets (Jeremiah to the Twelve)
7. Poetic Commentary Continues: The Writings (Ruth to Lamentations)
8. Ending of Poetic Commentary and Resumption of Narrative Storyline (Daniel to Chronicles)
9. Typology and New Testament Reflections
Index of Ancient Sources
Index of Modern Authors
Index of Scripture References