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Drama of Scripture, The: Finding Our Place in the Biblical Story [Paperback]

By Craig G. Bartholomew (Author) & Michael W. Goheen (Author)
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In The Drama of Scripture, Craig Bartholomew and Michael Goheen provide an engaging overview of the story line and theology of the Bible. As the authors suggest in their introduction, it is only as we read and appropriate the Bible "as our story" that we fully understand it and allow it to have authority over us. As we enter into the story of the Bible, we find God revealed there and are called to participate in his continuing activity. The biblical story, then, is foundational to Christian thinking and living.

Working from this perspective, the authors survey the story in Scripture. Their work is part introduction, part commentary, part theology, and thoroughly engaging. They suggest two over-arching themes running throughout the story--"covenant" in the Old Testament and "the kingdom of God" in the New Testament. These two themes effectively summarize the activity of God throughout human history. They are ways of looking at the story in order to gain an understanding of God's purposes and to let them claim us.

Bartholomew and Goheen work their way through the Bible as a drama with six acts--creation, sin, Israel, Jesus, mission, and new creation. Their study provides an introduction to the Bible and a commentary on important passages, but it is more than that. It is also a theological reflection on the ongoing story and a call for participation in God's grand narrative. It will be a useful work for students who study Scripture and a helpful resource for pastors and teachers looking for assistance in developing a compelling presentation of the biblical story. Additional resources can be found at

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The story of the Bible and its account of God's action in the world give meaning to our lives and provide us with the foundation for our actions.
"The Drama of Scripture" is an introduction to the basic story line and theology of the Bible. In considering the biblical story, the authors emphasize the unity of the whole, viewing the Bible as a drama in six acts--creation, sin, Israel, Christ, church, and new creation. Two overarching themes tie the biblical story together--covenant in the Old Testament and kingdom in the New Testament. Throughout, the authors suggest, God is revealed through the story and calls us to participate in his drama.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Baker Academic
Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.12" Width: 6.08" Height: 0.73"
Weight:   0.84 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2004
Publisher   Baker Publishing Group
Edition  Reprinted  
ISBN  0801027462  
ISBN13  9780801027468  

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More About Craig G. Bartholomew & Michael W. Goheen

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Craig G. Bartholomew (PhD, University of Bristol) is the H. Evan Runner Professor of Philosophy at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ontario, and the principal of The Paideia Centre for Public Theology. He is the author of Reading Ecclesiastes: Old Testament Exegesis and Hermeneutical Theory and coauthor of The Drama of Scripture and Living at the Crossroads. He was the founder and convener of the ten-year Scripture and Hermeneutics Project as well as the coeditor of the eight substantial volumes that emerged from the project.

Craig G. Bartholomew was born in 1961.

Craig G. Bartholomew has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom & Psalms

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EXCELLENT...plain and simple.  Jan 18, 2007
This book is excellent. The texts takes its reader through the story of Scripture as a large play full of characters and a director.

Bartholomew and Goheen's perspectives on God at work with His people is very inspiring. I have gained many great insights from their theological perspectives but also I have gained a "bigger picture" of the story of God's actions through history.

I have already recommended this book to several people and highly recommend more to read it. God has been at work at restoring his creation for all time. This book really helps a reader grasped that.

As an added bonus, the authors include many theological and historical insights along the journey of the play. These have been helpful to grasp more of what God is doing with man.

understand the flow of the biblical content from start to finish  Jan 16, 2007
the bible is way more than a big book of isolated verses to claim for helping oneself spiritually. the bible is the "story" of God's unfolding plan of redemption throughout history, from creation in genesis, and it's fall into sin, and then climaxing in the new creation vision of revelation ch. 21 and 22. This wonderful book shows this story from start to finish and shows how the biblical story of God's salvation unfolds and holds together. This book has some truly eye opening material about what the bible is all about, it should be required reading for anyone wanting to understand the bible according to the bible's own thematic structure. Don't miss this one!
Great Price and Great Shape  Mar 8, 2006
This item that came to me came very quickly and just in time for my meeting which was the same evening. It was in excellent shape and much cheaper than the local bookstores I checked.
A dramatic overview of the whole Bible  May 11, 2005
This is a marvelous book that everyone in the church would benefit from reading! Written by two professors at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ontario, Canada, it tells the whole biblical story from Genesis to Revelation as a drama in six acts with an interlude in the middle. In the first three "acts" God establishes his kingdom (creation), there is rebellion in that kingdom (the Fall), and God through Israel initiates redemption. In the interlude (the "intertestamental period") God's kingdom story waits for an ending. Then the story is completed with the coming of the King (redemption accomplished), the spread of the news (the church's mission), and the return of the King (redemption completed). What is marvelous about this book is that it is written so creatively without cliches so the reader sees the biblical story as if for the first time. The authors are convinced that most people read the Bible as a mere jumble of history, poetry, lessons in morality and theology, comforting promises, guiding principles, and commands. They never realize that the Bible is fundamentally coherent and challenges the "idols" of modern culture. This book deserves a place in everyone's library.

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