- Hardcover: 640 pages
- Publisher: Crossway (21 Jan. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1581349769
- ISBN-13: 978-1581349764
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.9 x 23 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 190,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
God's Glory in Salvation through Judgment Hardcover – 21 Jan 2011
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About the Author
James M. Hamilton Jr. (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is professor of biblical theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and preaching pastor at Kenwood Baptist Church. He is the author of God's Glory in Salvation through Judgment and the Revelation volume in the Preaching the Word commentary series.
Top Customer Reviews
Here's Hamilton's thesis:
"God means to reveal himself in an astonishing display of his mercy and justice, with the justice highlighting the mercy." (Kindle Loc. 637-638)
Basically, Hamilton argues that God's glory is revealed in salvation being given in the context of judgment. In this book he pursues this thesis by examining the Biblical books in order, with a final chapter responding to criticisms of his thesis.
Approach & Content:
Taking a canonical approach, each larger Biblical section (Torah, Prophets, etc.) is introduced before addressing each book within the set, summarizing its message and showing how it fits in the canon. Next comes a summary of main concepts and themes, outlines of narrative structures, and a commentary through the broad sections of text.
This book particularly shines when examining the literary structure of each book. Hamilton sifts through contemporary scholarship and lets the reader reap the benefits, carefully tracing the flow of each book and drawing attention to connections throughout Scripture; many of which were profound and completely new to me. It is refreshing to see the whole Bible put together rather than pulled apart, as in much of scholarship today.
The many diagrams and tables are worth the price of the book alone.Read more ›
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He begin with a chapter describing his thesis and then works through the various genres and sections of the Bible, beginning with the Old Testament and the Law and concluding with the New Testament and the Revelation to John. Each book of the Bible is gone through in a systematic manner, allowing Hamilton to show that not only is the Bible a unified book but it is a book unified around a very particular theme. He closes with a chapter addressing several arguments against his thesis and a final chapter of practical and pastoral application.
I am a pastor of the Calvinist persuasion and fond of the work of continental Reformed theologians such as Calvin, Turretin, a Brakel and Bavinck, as well as Old Princeton, so that he idea of God's glory being central in all things is something I identify with. The result is that reading this book was like preaching to the choir, as if I was sitting with the conductor of an orchestra who was showing me the coherence of the score. Pastors and theologians identified with other traditions, or having a more of a social justice understanding of their ministry, would likely find Hamilton's work lacking and something they might desire to continually push back against. And I would suggest that they open their Bible, read the areas relevant to his writing, read their Bible again, and let God's Spirit be their teacher. They might be pleasantly surprised at the beauty of the Biblical canvas when seen from the center of glory in salvation through judgment.
I personally agree with much of his presentation on this issue, but the use of the word "imputed" instead of "counted" or "reckoned" makes his presentation slightly murky at points.
He shies away from engaging the New Perspective, which is disappointing. Nevertheless, his understanding of faith as the means of justification under the Mosaic covenant is in line with the NP. Yet astoundingly, he still insists that Paul's point in Galatians is that God made faith the means of justification because works failed to do the trick, which confounds his own logic about the continuity of faith as the means of justification throughout redemptive history. If he simply stuck with his own prior conclusion, it would be easy for him to see that what Paul is doing in Galatians is trying to show that the rituals, sacrifices, and purity laws of the Torah that used to properly function as aids to faith are no longer needed in light of the coming of Christ and the outpouring of the Spirit; moreover they hinder the work of the kingdom and create unnecessary confines on New Testament believers. Paul's not saying that the law used to be the way people were justified, but faith took its place; he's saying that whereas the law aided faith in the Old Testament, it hinders it in the New.
Despite this (which is obviously a fairly lightly treated topic in a book with such scope), I'm giving this five stars because it's the best and most comprehensive biblical theology I've read. and I believe his understanding of the theological center of the Bible being God's glory in salvation through judgment is correct, though as he recognizes, there are other themes that shine light on the unity and purpose of the Bible as well.