Depending on the hearer/reader, biblical theology can mean one of many things. Goldsworthy's method is to begin with the gospel - specifically the Trinitarian gospel. This is a good section summarising his method of biblical theology: "The main hermeneutical goal is the relating of the text to the person and work of Jesus Christ... Biblical theology provides the link between any part of the Bible and its centre in Christ" (p. 312). He writes this later: "Gospel-centred hermeneutics is above all the endeavour to understand the meaning of any aspect of reality, including the Bible, in the light of him who is the Light of the World" (p. 315).
However, he spends two large sections of the book stating the foundations of evangelical hermeneutics, and traces the development of Christian biblical interpretation from the days of the early church through to modernity. This book is divided into three parts:
Part 1 sets out the foundations and presuppositions for evangelical biblical interpretation. There is also a chapter on a biblical theology of interpretation.
Part 2 is a sort of history of the development of biblical interpretation. But Goldsworthy's emphasis here is to consider non-Christian influences on Christian hermeneutics.
Part 3 considers how to reconstruct a gospel-centred hermeneutics. This section is helpful because he encourages evangelicals to evaluate modern hermeneutical theories and adopt good practices or principles. Goldsworthy shows a measure of open-mindedness that is often lacking among evangelicals.
The book is a tough read, but will certainly prove to be rewarding for anyone wanting to build a gospel-centred hermeneutical framework. The breadth of material covered is wide, and Goldsworthy provides important insights about the role of presuppositions in biblical interpretation. Goldsworthy writes lucidly, although I must admit that I had trouble navigating through certain chapters. But overall, I would reckon this is a must-read for a clear statement of Goldsworthy's biblical-theological approach to hermeneutics.
The author has written a timely masterpiece in my opinion. Erudite yet penned with great clarity. The first 2 thirds of the book set the foundation for his final third which explains masterfully the rationale behind and the need for a Gospel centred hermeneutic. I particularly enjoyed the common mistakes that we all fall into when interpreting Scripture. This book is not for the beginner in this field but I would adjur that every Minister and serious Bible student should read this book. Thank you!!