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Luke 24 records probably the greatest Bible interpretation lesson ever. It is the road to Emmaus narrative where Jesus meets with a couple of his disciples. He does it undenounced to them. They do not realize that it is the Lord Jesus Christ. He asks them some questions about what has been going on lately. They are incredulous: how could he not know what has just transpired in Jerusalem, and they talk to him about the death of Jesus, hoping that he had been the Christ, but now they are not so sure. Jesus responds that it was necessary that the Christ should suffer and die. Then, he starts at the beginning of the Hebrew Bible and goes to the end of it, demonstrating that the Christ had to suffer and die.
Later, Jesus is with his disciples in Jerusalem, and there, he opens their minds to understand the Scriptures, basically making the argument that all of the Bible points to him. This is the task of biblical theology. Seeing how the Bible teaches one grand story: creation, fall, redemption and consummation, and the start of that show is Jesus.
What is Biblical Theology?
A key to Biblical Theology is reading the Bible in context, seeking to find how each passage fits within the wider narrative of redemptive history. Join us in learning how to understand how each passage contributes to the big picture.
Biblical Theology, Going on a Journey
Biblical Theology is an exploration into the text, discovering the development of a theme as redemptive history unfolds in Scripture. The journey is not complete until we have worked through the whole of the biblical narrative in our tracing of our theme.
Biblical Theology, What to Expect on the Journey
Because Biblical Theology is the tracing of a theme through history, we should expect both continuity and discontinuity in how that them is represented.
Benefits of Good Biblical Theology
As you listen to the benefits that Dr. Miles shares regarding the benefits of good Biblical Theology, keep in mind that these are not trivial. The benefits are fundamental to the life and health of the church, and to the development of mature Christians.
The Story of Scripture, The Storyline
In this session, the most important concept is the continuity of Scripture. While the Bible is a collection of diverse books, written by different authors, in different languages, and over a long period of time, there is a unified storyline that flows through the whole of the biblical narrative.
The Story of Scripture, The Covenants
In this session, Dr. Miles shows how the covenants form the backbone of the story of Scripture.
Modeling Biblical Theology, The Role of Small Stories
Most of our course on Biblical Theology has focused on the big picture. This session focuses in on the smaller portions of that narrative, considering how each individual part functions within the whole.
Modeling Biblical Theology, The Role of Prediction
This section focuses on prediction and typology. Both of these are important to understanding the process of Biblical Theology. Seek to understand the difference between the two, as well as the ways that the Biblical authors use these tools to point to Jesus.
Professor of Theology at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon.