Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Coming Soon from Zondervan - Four Views on Moving Beyond the Bible to Theology

I've said before how much I enjoy the Zondervan counterpoint series. The concept in itself is a good one and when the right contributors are assembled it is a student's or pastor's ideal resource to quickly see a spectrum of opinions of a given topic. Coming this November is the latest in the series entitled Four Views on Moving Beyond the Bible to Theology. The contributors and their positions are:

Walter C. Kaiser, Jr.: A Principlizing Model
Daniel M. Doriani: A Redemptive-Historical Model
Kevin J. Vanhoozer: A Drama-of-Redemption Model
William J. Webb: A Redemptive-Movement Model

The catalog lays out the issues nicely: "The Bible has long served as the standard for Christian practice, yet believers still disagree on how biblical passages should be interpreted and applied. Only when readers fully understand the constructs that inform their process of moving from Scripture to theology—and those of others—can Christians fully evaluate teachings that claim to be 'biblical.'"

The format will follow that of the series with each contributor presenting a case for his position with the other three responding. But this volume has an added bonus. '"Due to the far-reaching implications this topic holds for biblical studies, theology, and church teaching, this book includes three additional reflections by Christopher J. H. Wright, Mark L. Strauss, and Al Wolters on the theological and practical interpretation of biblical texts."

This is an important subject and will be a valuable study for any pastor, student and even small group leaders would benefit greatly from this.

It will be a paperback with 384 pages and sell for $19.99.

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