Promise Plan of God : A Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments

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  • Copyright: 2008-04-01
  • Publisher: Zondervan

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What is the central theme of the Bible?Given the diversity of authorship, genre, and context of the BibleÆs various books, is it evenpossible to answer such a question? Or in trying to do so, is an external grid being unnaturallysuperimposed on the biblical text?These are difficult questions that the discipline of biblical theology has struggled to answer.In this thoroughly revised and expanded edition of his classic Toward an Old Testament Theology,Walter Kaiser offers a solution to these unresolved issues. He proposes that there is indeeda unifying center to the theology and message of the Bible that is indicated and affirmed byScripture itself. That center is the promise of God. It is one all-encompassing promise of lifethrough the Messiah that winds itself throughout salvation history in both the Old and NewTestaments, giving cohesiveness and unity to the various parts of Scripture.After laying out his proposal, Kaiser works chronologically through the books of both testaments,demonstrating how the promise is seen throughout, how the various sub-themesof each book relate to the promise, and how GodÆs plan to fulfill the promise progressivelyunfolds. Here is a rich and illuminating biblical theology that will stir the emotion and theintellect.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 13
Abbreviationsp. 15
God's Promise-Plan in Both Testamentsp. 17
A Biblical Theology of the Old Testament
Prolegomena to the Promise: The Pre-Patriarchal Periodp. 35
The Provisions in the Promise: The Patriarchal Erap. 52
The People of the Promise: The Mosaic Erap. 68
The Place of the Promise: The Pre-Monarchial Erap. 90
The King of the Promise: The Davidic Erap. 111
Life in the Promise: The Wisdom Erap. 131
The Day of the Promise: Prophets of the Ninth Century B.C.p. 152
Servants of the Promise: Prophets of the Eighth Century B.C.p. 162
Renewal of the Promise: Prophets of the Seventh Century B.C.p. 189
The Kingdom of the Promise: The Exilic Prophetsp. 204
The Triumph of the Promise: Postexilic Timesp. 217
A Biblical Theology of the New Testament
The Arrival of the Promise: Jesus the Messiahp. 233
The Promise-Plan and the Law of Godp. 249
The Promise-Plan and the Mission of the Churchp. 265
The Promise-Plan and Paul's Prison Epistlesp. 285
The Promise-Plan and the Kingdom of Godp. 303
The Promise-Plan and the Promise of the Holy Spiritp. 317
The Promise-Plan and the Purity of Life and Doctrinep. 333
The Promise-Plan and Letters to Pastorsp. 345
The Promise-Plan and the Supremacy of Jesusp. 357
The Promise-Plan and the Gospel of the Kingdomp. 371
Epiloguep. 389
Chronological Charts on the Dates of the Books of the Biblep. 395
Biblical Frequency of the Word Epangelia, "Promise"p. 397
Glossaryp. 400
Bibliographyp. 403
Author Indexp. 409
Subject Indexp. 411
Index of Hebrew Wordsp. 418
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