James M. Hamilton is the associate professor of biblical theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kentucky. He’s the author of several books including his new one; What is Biblical Theology? A Guide to the Bible’s Story, Symbolism and Patterns.
And you’d think a book with such a long title might be long and unapproachable, but truthfully Mr. Hamilton writes a wonderful starter on such a grand topic. Each chapter guides the reader through the over-arching theme of scripture which is a pursuant creator who tirelessly reaches down to creation to protect, love and bestow His grace.
Mr. Hamilton does a great job breaking the walls down between New and Old Testament or even chapter and verse to pull the curtain back on reading the Bible as a single work. Often times I felt that I was in a Church service with Mr. Hamilton, or even in one of his classes and I could just picture him speaking.
Again, this is not a text book – it reads like a conversation – it reads like Mr Hamilton is with you, guiding you through the pages of the Bible and he’s telling his own story along the way.
I acquired this book, hoping that it would be a good reference in our Church library and I am pleased that it is exactly what I was hoping for. This would make a wonderful introduction to the scriptures for a new believer, or even make great source material for a sermon series on the word of God.
Thank you to Crossway books for this advanced copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.