Out of Egypt: Biblical Theology and Biblical Interpretation

Volume 5

Edited by Craig Bartholomew, Mary Healy, Karl Moller, Robin Parry
Published by Paternoster Press and Zondervan.

Biblical theology attempts to explore the theological coherence of the canonical witnesses; no serious Christian theology can overlook this issue. The essays in the present volume illustrate the complexity and richness of the conversation that results from attentive consideration of the question. In a time when some voices are calling for a moratorium on biblical theology, or pronouncing its concerns obsolete, this collection of meaty essays demonstrates the continuing vitality and necessity of the enterprise.

Richard B. Hays, George Washington Ivey Professor of New Testament, Duke University, USA

Ranging widely across the latest theory and up-to-date praxis of biblical theology, this volume makes a significant contribution to the gathering renewal of that discipline on both sides of the Atlantic. With an ecumenical, star-studded team of experts in the Old and New Testaments as well as in Patristics and Christian doctrine, Out of Egypt is more than a sum of its parts: from various theoretical and practical perspectives it demonstrates both the pedigree and the intellectual vitality of biblical theology. In so doing, this book gives continued hope for an exodus of Christian biblical interpretation from its long slavery to diverse late modern taskmasters of historicist and ideologically revisionist deconstruction. 

Markus Bockmuehl, Reader in New Testament Studies, University of Cambridge

This volume on Biblical Theology jumps into the fray and poses the right kind of questions. It does not offer a single way forward. Several of the essays are quite fresh and provocative, breaking new ground (Bray, Reno); others set out the issues with clarity and grace (Bartholomew); others offer programmatic analysis (Webster, Bauckham); others offer a fresh angle of view (Chapman, Martin). The success of this series is in facing the challenge of disarray in Biblical Studies head-on and then modelling a variety of approaches to stimulate our reflection. 

Christoper R Seitz, Professor of Old Testament and Theological Studies, St. Andrew's University, Scotland

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
    Craig G. Bartholomew


  • The Church Fathers and Biblical Theology
    Gerald Bray
  • The Nature and Genre of Biblical Theology: Some Reflections in the Light of Charles H.H. Scobie’s ‘Prolegomena to a Biblical Theology’
    Karl Moller
  • Some Directions in Catholic Biblical Theology
    Francis Martin
  • The Theology of the Old Testament by Marco Nobile: A Contribution to Jewish-Christian Relations
    Nuria Calduch-Benages
  • Mission as a Matrix for Hermeneutics and Biblical Theology
    Christopher J.H. Wright
  • Story and Biblical Theology
    Craig G. Bartholomew and Mike W. Goheen
  • The Problem of ‘Biblical Theology’
    James D.G. Dunn


  • Biblical Theology and the Problems of Monotheism
    Richard Bauckham
  • The Unity of Humankind as a Theme in Biblical Theology
    Stephen C. Barton


  • Zechariah 14 and Biblical Theology: Patristic and Contemporary Case Studies
    Al Wolters
  • Paul and Salvation History in Romans 9:30 – 10:4
    William J. Dumbrell 
  • Hebrews and Biblical Theology
    Andrew T Lincoln 
  • Systematic – In What Sense?
    Trevor Hart
  • Biblical Theology and the Clarity of Scripture
    John Webster
  • Biblical Theology and Theological Exegesis
    R R Reno
  • Imaginative Readings of Scripture and Theological Interpretation
    Stephen B. Chapman
  • Biblical Theology and Preaching
    Charles Scobie