A New Testament Biblical Theology: The Unfolding of the Old Testament in the New

By G. K. Beale

© Very Rev. Curtis I. Crenshaw, Th.D.

Beale_NewTestament BiblicalTheologyShall I say once again that Beale and I were students together at Dallas Theological Seminary, in the same class, 1972-76? There is one great difference: He has gone on to become a super-scholar, while I pastored churches for 36 years and have a much smaller niche in academia. I use his books in my studies, and he probably does not recall me. In each case, we are to be found faithful to the Lord. We both have worked our way out of dispensationalism decades ago. I suspect he is amil while I’m postmill; he can’t be right about everything!

I’ve always found Beale’s works to be top scholarship, conservative, but also with devotion to Christ. One without the other is not much use. I’m gradually collecting all his writings. Published in 2011.

If you want a work that sees the Old Testament as the bud and the New Testament as the blossomed flower—not replacement theology but fulfillment theology–this is it. Part 7 in particular appeals to me: “The Story of the Church as End-Time Israel in the Inaugurated New Creation.” Quite a mouthful, but given Beale’s and my dispensational background, a very necessary section. I commend this volume to the world.

Old Testament Theology, Bruce Waltke, Th.D., Ph.D.

I’ve been reading An Old Testament Theology, by my former Hebrew professor, Bruce Waltke.  Dr Waltke has a PhD in Hebrew from Harvard, and a ThD in Greek from Dallas Theological Seminary.  Dr Waltke was the head of the Old Testament department at Dallas Theological Seminary in the 1970s, but he read his way out of that system into a covenantal view over thirty years ago.  I distinctly recall sitting in his Old Testament theology class at Dallas Seminary, and I whispered to a friend: “He’s not long for dispensationalism.”  For once, I was a prophet.  In his twilight years, he is teaching at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, FL, having taught many years at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia, and at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  He has also written an advanced Hebrew grammar.  Though I have not finished this massive Old Testament Theology, I’m about half way through it.  It is a gem.  Though Waltke holds to theistic evolution, it is still mostly conservative.

The Very Rev Dr Curtis I. Crenshaw, ThD, Dean Ω