Apr 21, 2006

Books Worth Reading: God's Big Picture

In God's Big Picture Vaughan Roberts helps us to see the Bible as one book, with one author and one consistent theme: God's kingdom as God's people, living in God's place, under God's rule and blessing. In taking this approach, Roberts is consciously indebted to Graeme Goldsworthy.

God's Big Picture

Tracing the Story-line of the Bible

By Vaughan Roberts

book cover

Length: 160 pages
Size: 5 x 7 3/4 inches
Binding: paper
Published: October 2003
ISBN: 0-8308-5364-2

As a short book that's well worth the time it takes to read, there are eight main chapters:

  1. The pattern of the kingdom - Adam and Eve in Eden
  2. The perished kingdom - the fall
  3. The promised kingdom - God's promises to the fathers of the nation of Israel - Abraham, Isaac and Jacob
  4. The partial kingdom
  5. The prophesied kingdom - the prophets in the Old Testament
  6. The Present Kingdom - the kingdom of God comes in reality in the person of Jesus Christ
  7. The proclaimed kingdom - the worldwide spread of the Good News of Jesus Christ
  8. The Perfected kingdom - God's kingdom will finally come in visible power and glory.
So does it work?

I think it works only in a partial way. A central question of Biblical Theology is whether or not there is a centering theme or a cluster of themes that can be used to understand the OT and the NT, whether independently or together. His endebtedness to Graeme Goldsworthy is obvious, because in According to Plan Goldsworthy indetifies that his centering theme is the Kingdom of God. I'm not convinced that this theme should be the centering theme for the Bible, but it certainly is one of the main themes. I'm still inclined to see that there are a cluster of themes that are brought together in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

In any event, it's a Book Worth Reading

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