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Putting Biblical Theology into Practice

A common challenge for those learning redemptive-historical hermeneutics is seeing the method put into practice.  While most people ascribe to biblical theology in theory, many do not know how to “practically” apply it to the text. 

I am going to start a series of ongoing posts that will be devoted to demonstrating how to develop a biblical-theological perspective on various topics and biblical texts.  In other words, I will take a topic or text and show how it begins in the Old Testament and finds its fulfillment in Christ.  It may take me several posts to complete a topic or text, but each new post will be titled with the following acronym: PBTP followed by the topic or text for that series of posts.

In addition to my ongoing series of posts (Quote of the Week and Recommended Commentaries), my hope is that PBTP will provide some concrete examples of how to faithfully interact with the text in a redemptive-historical fashion, while avoiding such fallacies as strict literalism, legalistic moralism, and fanciful allegory.  My first post will be on Genesis 26:1-31 and then I plan on writing on the Feast of Booths.  In the meantime, I would suggest reading the following posts to better understand the relationship between biblical theology, hermeneutics, and preaching.

Redemptive-Historical Preaching and Application, Part 1, 2, 3

Book Recommendations for BT and Preaching

The Importance of Consistency for Biblical Interpretation

What Does It Mean to Interpret the Bible Literally

What Does It Mean to Preach Biblically

Biblical Theology and Eschatology

  1. Juan
    June 11, 2007 at 2:19 pm


    Thanks for doing this!


  2. Chad
    June 12, 2007 at 2:31 pm

    I have made a correction to this post. I will be writing on Genesis 26:1-31 and then the Feast of Booths, not the Feast of Weeks.

  3. September 25, 2008 at 9:36 am

    I would also highly recommend reading Dr. William D. Dennison’s writings on this topic:

    “Reason, History, and Revelation: Biblical Theology and the Enlightenment,” KERUX:
    2003): 3–25.

    “Biblical Theology and the Issue of Application,” in Reformed Spirituality:
    Communing with Our Glorious God, ed. Joseph A. Pipa, Jr. and J. Andrew Wortman
    (Taylors, SC: Southern Presbyterian Press, 2003), 119–151.

    “The Redemptive-Historical Hermeneutic and Preaching,” KERUX: THE JOURNAL

    The last article can be found online here: http://www.richardgaffin.info/Kerux_R-H_Hermeneutic%20_Preaching_Gaffin_edition.pdf

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