Biblical Theology

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Biblical Theology for the most part is a Christian approach in which the theologian studies the Bible from the perspective of understanding the progressive history of God revealing Himself to humanity from Creation (Gen 1:1)  throughout the whole Bible Old and New Testament ending at end of the book of Revelation.

Biblical Theology  focuses on the Old Testament revelations in order to understand how each part of it ultimately points forward to fulfillment in the life mission of Jesus Christ and the church. 

The motivation for this branch of theology comes from such passages as Luke 24.27: “And beginning with Moses and the Prophets, Jesus explains what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.” The assumption of this reference seems to be that the Old Testa-ment anticipated the Messiah and that Jesus fulfilled those prophecies. Thus, Biblical theologians suggest that, in order to understand the intended meaning of a Biblical text, one must understand what the text points toward or back to. For instance, when reading about the sacrificial system in the Old Testament, Biblical theologians follow the trajectory the Bible lays out for that system and that it points to Jesus as the true sacrifice. Likewise, when a New Testament text refers back to the Old Testament (for example, Jesus being the son of David), they try to understand that text against its proper, specified background.

Scholars have used the term in different ways, therefore biblical theology has been difficult to define. However in your study of this subject try to restrict your essay to the above definition.

Course Assignment:

All of Wicket Gate Bible College courses are essay courses that require independent study and a term paper/essay. Please read at least ten resources on this topic and then write a ten page essay discussing a summary of your resources and your personal opinion on the subject.