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  • 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)
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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.

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Is there a singular purpose behind everything that God does in history? Did this same purpose also motivate the human authors of Scripture? Jim Hamilton would answer `yes' to these questions, and believes the purpose to be God's Glory in Salvation Through Judgment, hence the title of this book.

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.
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This is quite a tome! However, it certainly pays to read from page to page if possible. Although Hamilton has written the book to support his thesis that the central theme running through the Bible is "the glory of God in salvation through judgement", a view I do not particularly agree with, nevertheless his insight into the unity of the Bible and Biblical theology is extremely illuminating. I was continually excited by the connections he made between Old and New Testament texts which I personally, had not seen before. The book is a very useful contribution to the library of reference material pastors and Bible students will turn to again and again
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Biblical theology 15 April 2015
By Bradley L Kautz - Published on Amazon.com
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Is there a center around which the entire Bible can be organized and understood? James M. Hamilton Jr. believes that there in is and in this book he sets out to demonstrate that the center of Biblical theology is that there is an essential connection between salvation and judgment which consistently brings glory to God. It is a magisterial claim and I believe that Hamilton demonstrates it convincingly.

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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 2 Jan. 2016
By Cory F. - Published on Amazon.com
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This book will help you know Scripture as a unified whole and the unchanging God who inspired its human authors. My wife and I have made a tradition of reading through the Bible and this book's accompanying sections each year, and it is such a blessing to us!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hamilton's presentation of Justification 18 Jun. 2012
By Samuel Wilwerding - Published on Amazon.com
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There have already been some great reviews that explain the content and method of the book. My goal is to write a review that helps recount how Dr. Hamilton presents the doctrine of justification. First, he rightly recognizes the difference between God's attribute of righteousness and obedience to the law. He references many sources that uphold the view of imputed righteousness, but his own description of it is different than much of what I've heard. His doctrine would be closer related to the idea of imputed justification. The person who has faith is not justified on account of having Christ's good works credited to their own account, but on account of Christ's atonement for their sin. (But granted, Hamilton affirms that Christ's perfect obedience was necessary for him to be a sufficient sacrifice.) Another way to say this is that a Christian comes to be justified because their sins are forgiven in Christ, but God does not look on them as having done the good things that Jesus accomplished.

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.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Began skeptical and finished convinced 28 July 2013
By Finance Prof - Published on Amazon.com
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Could the author really reduce the underlying theme of the Bible to such a simple statement? I was skeptical that this was an accurate distillation of the Bible's theology, especially including both testaments at once. Especially coming on the heels of having read Gregory Beale's masterful New Testament Biblical Theology. And yet by the end of the book I was convinced that Hamilton's thesis is both reasonable and accurate. Viewed through the author's theological lens, I came to a better appreciation of numerous Biblical texts. A highly enjoyable read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Biblical Theology 20 Sept. 2014
By T. J. Riley - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent biblical theology. It follows the central theme of Scripture thoroughly through all 66 books of the Bible. This is great for both the academic and the lay person and it constantly allows God's glory in salvation through judgement to be seen to the reader. The result being a greater awe and understanding of God and human history.
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