Latest Issue of Themelios

In the latest issue of Themelios (37.3 [2012]) is out and it includes some cool articles including:

D.A. Carson, More Examples of Intolerant Tolerance

Andreas J. Koestenberger, The Present and Future of Biblical Theology

Rob Smith, Music, Singing, and Emotions: Exploring the Connections

My favourite thing in Themelios is the book reviews! There are reviews of books by Chris Tilling, Daniel Kirk, Jim Hamilton, and Andy Naselli among others.

The doozey was Mark Seifrid’s review of N.T. Wright’s How Did God Become King?  where Seifrid states that: “I am not persuaded. I confess that I cannot discern what is so radically new about Wright’s proposal. It appears to me to be a re-cooking of C. H. Dodd’s “realized eschatology” with a measure of Barth, and perhaps a dash of Ritschl. I am not here seeking to make Wright guilty by association. There are valuable insights to be gained from all three of these scholars. I am more perplexed by Wright’s claim to newness, not least because of the proximity of his thought to Barth’s influential conception of Christian witness.”

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  • Scot McKnight

    The review by Seifrid shows no signs he’s read the book and interacts with what Tom says; it tells us what he didn’t say. Seems like some kind of systematic theology discussion to me.

  • Scot McKnight

    Koestenberger’s piece is a nice sketch; the recent book by Klink and Lockett is more broad-ranging; together they give a good overview of “evangelical” biblical theology.

  • Derek Rishmawy

    I’ll have to read Seifrid’s review. The funny thing was that I really didn’t see too many new things in Wright’s book either (not that this is a bad thing), but the names that came to mind for me were Herman Ridderbos and Geerhardus Vos–at least at the biblical theology level. I still think James K.A. Smith’s review has been the most helpful–at least from a Reformedish standpoint.

  • Chuck Colson

    Does Seifrid think that Wright failed to bring together the gospel narratives in a fairly new and fresh way? It seems that Wright, building on his work from Jesus & the Victory of God, clarifies something about the canonical gospels as narratives about how God established his kingship on earth through his rightful King, Jesus Christ. Without dismissing the need for atonement theology, he re-situates the death and resurrection accounts within the overall narrative of each gospel, keeping us from simply abusing the passion accounts in the service of our various atonement theories. The death and resurrection of Jesus tells us how Jesus brought into effect the good news he announced – God’s reign is returning to earth. Wright is probably not the first to say it. Indeed, Ridderbos gets Reformed folks really close to this. But, whatever the case, it seems very different, than other accounts of the so-called ‘gospel’. Am I missing something?