TH7607 - Biblical Theology


Biblical Theology


20 CC   10 ECTS

Distance Learning: King's Evangelical Divinity School eCampus


Recorded lectures/study material 10 hours
Generated study time 190 hours

Students have access to an online discussion forum to communicate with tutors and other students, along with e-mail support from tutors. Where appropriate, telephone support is also available.
Scheduled hours Placement Hours Independent Guided study
10 0 190

Core course material is noted as required in student courseware and typically includes recorded lectures and reading of select textbooks, papers or book extracts. All students are expected to listen to all of the course lectures and read the required materials. A range of supporting teaching material is also available to students as further recommended learning options.

Defining and tracing the history of Biblical Theology within theology, both academic and dogmatic.

Biblical Theology presuppositions and limitations (revelation, inspiration, is a Biblical Theology possible?)

Biblical Theology’s approach: defragmentation of the text and the bigger picture.

Biblical Theology’s essential building blocks: biblical themes and the danger of arbitrary imposition.

Identification, explanation and evaluation of central Biblical Theology themes.

Biblical Theology and hermeneutics: Metanarrative in the hands of the interpreter.

Biblical Theology and hermeneutics.

Biblical Theology: research-based, critical study of the current state of the discipline.

  • To develop critical skills in the engagement of Biblical Theology within the wider context of theological study, thereby enhancing hermeneutical skills and theological understanding.
  • To enable students to analyse and evaluate the history, development, and nuances of Biblical Theology, whilst engaging with the wider theological and philosophical issues this discipline raises.
  • To critically discuss and examine why and how postmodernism creates a milieu conducive to the re-emergence of Biblical Theology within academic theology as a valid and fruitful avenue for hermeneutical inquiry.

Audio lectures, guided reading, individual study, and individual support where appropriate. Students will prepare for assignments individually using interactive online learning material. Students are encouraged, but not required, to participate in online theological discussion on the eCampus Forum.


  1. Substantial and detailed insight into the contemporary debate surrounding Biblical Theology’s aims, purpose and methods.
  2. An understanding and critical appreciation of why and how postmodernism creates a milieu conducive to the re-emergence of Biblical Theology within academic theology as a valid hermeneutical approach.
  3. An in-depth knowledge and understanding of metanarrative, the main themes within Biblical Theology, and how both might contribute to the hermeneutical and proclamational tasks.
  4. A capacity to understand, describe and discuss with originality contemporary issues in the study of biblical theology.

Component Weighting % Learning outcome(s) assessed Assessment category
15000 word essay100%1-4Coursework

As assessment

Bartholomew, C. G., & Botha, E. (2004). Out of Egypt: biblical theology and biblical interpretation. Bletchley: Pasternoster and Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

Block, D. I. (2014). For the glory of God: Recovering a biblical theology of worship. Grand Rapids: Baker.

Beale, G. K. (2011). A New Testament biblical theology: The unfolding of the Old Testament in the New. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic.

Bock, D. L. & Glaser, M. (2017). Messiah and Passover. New York: Kregal Publications.

Gignilliat, M. S. (2019). Reading Scripture Canonically: Theological Instincts for Old Testament Interpretation. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic.

Grelot, P. (2006). The language of symbolism: Biblical theology, semantics, and exegesis. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson.

Hafemann, S. J. & House, P. R. (2007). Central themes in biblical theology: Mapping unity in diversity. Nottingham: Apollos.

Hamilton, J. M. (2010). God's glory in salvation through judgment: A biblical theology. Wheaton, Ill: Crossway.

Hamilton, J. M. (2013). What is biblical theology?: A guide to the Bible's story, symbolism, and patterns. Wheaton: Crossway.

Klink III, E. W & Lockett, D. R. (2012). Understanding Biblical Theology: A Comparison of Theory and Practice. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan.

Mead, J. K. (2007). Biblical theology: Issues, methods, and themes. Louisville, KY and London: Westminster John Knox Press.

Morales, L. M. (2020). Exodus Old and New: A Biblical Theology of Redemption. Downers Grove, Illinois: IVP.

Perrin, N. (2019). The Kingdom of God: A Biblical Theology. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan.

Schreiner, P. (2018). The Kingdom of God and the Glory of the Cross. Wheaton, Illinois: Crossway.

Schreiner, T. R. (2008). New Testament theology. Magnifying God in Christ. Grand Rapids, MI.: Baker Academic.

Schreiner, T. R. (2013). The King in his beauty: A Biblical theology of the Old and New Testaments. Grand Rapids, MI.: Baker Academic.

Spinks, D. C. (2007). The Bible and the crisis of meaning: Debates on the theological interpretation of Scripture. London: T & T Clark.

Sullen, R. K. (1996). The God of Israel and Christian Theology. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Fortress Press.

Sweeney, M. A. (2011). Tanak: A Theological and Critical Introduction to the Jewish Bible. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Fortress Press.

Vlach, M. J. (2017). He Will Reign Forever: A Biblical Theology of the Kingdom of God. Silverton, Oregon: Lampion Press.

Witherington III, B. (2019). Biblical Theology: The Convergence of the Canon. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Wright, N. T. (2013). The New Testament and the People of God. London: SPCK.

Anthony Royle


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