Biblical Theology for Christian Proclamation (BTCP) | Reviews, Theology

The Biblical Theology for Christian Proclamation commentary series is a modern resource that offers readers a relatively unique approach to Scripture. Volumes not only discuss introductory matters to each book, historical context, literary setting, textual structure, and exegetical matters, but authors also connect the content to biblical theology.

As the publisher notes, “The commentator permits a discussion between the commentary proper and the biblical theology that it reflects by a series of cross-references.” All authors in the BTCP series affirm the inerrancy and inspiration of Scripture. Volumes are accessible to lay people, however, it’s designed for pastors and readers who can follow discussions on biblical scholarship.

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Biblical Theology for Christian Proclamation Commentaries (BTCP): Reviews

biblical theology for christian proclamationPraise for the 1-2 Timothy and Titus volume:

“This commentary makes a contribution both to scholarship and the church’s mission, a resource that will enrich the messages and messengers who support and sustain our experience of Christian existence. As a biblical scholar and a parish priest, I most heartily recommend this book.”

~ Philip H. Towner, director and dean of the Nida Institute for Biblical Scholarship at American Bible Society; assistant rector, St. Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church, NYC

“This should become a first go-to resource for advanced students in their research and for pastors concerned to do full justice to these writings in their ministerial labors and exposition of the Scriptures.”

~ Robert W. Yarbrough, professor of New Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary

BTCP Author Interview on Best Bible Commentaries

Hebrews – Thomas Schreiner (click to read full Q & A)

“​In studying Hebrews I was reminded of the absolute sufficiency of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. He is our Melchizedekian priest who has offered atonement once for all for our sins. How comforting to know that we can enter boldly into God’s presence through Jesus’s blood, and that my conscience has been completed cleansed through his sacrifice.​”

Purpose of Biblical Theology for Christian Proclamation Commentary Series

Beginning in 2015, B&H launches “Biblical Theology for Christian Proclamation,” a new 40-volume commentary series covering all Old and New Testament books. T. Desmond Alexander, Thomas R. Schreiner, and Andreas J. Köstenberger serve as general editors for the series and James M. Hamilton, Kenneth A. Mathews, and Terry L. Wilder serve as assistant general editors.

The major contribution of each volume, however, is a thorough discussion of the most important themes of the biblical book in relation to the canon as a whole. This format allows each contributor to ground Biblical Theology, as is proper, in an appropriate appraisal of the relevant historical and literary features of a particular book in Scripture while at the same time focusing on its major theological contribution to the entire Christian canon in the context of the larger salvation-historical metanarrative of Scripture. Within this overall format, there will be room for each individual contributor to explore the major themes of his or her particular corpus in the way he or she sees most appropriate for the material under consideration.

Volumes in Biblical Theology for Christian Proclamation Series

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Romans – David G. Peterson

1-2 Timothy and Titus – Andreas J. Kostenberger

“Köstenberger is to be commended for his careful biblical-theological method. I know no other major attempt to catalogue the theology of the Pastoral Epistles in this way.”

~ Craig S. Keener, F. M. and Ada Thompson Professor of Biblical Studies, Asbury Theological Seminary

“This should become a first go-to resource for advanced students in their research and for pastors concerned to do full justice to these writings in their ministerial labors and exposition of the Scriptures.”

~ Robert W. Yarbrough, professor of New Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary

Hebrews – Thomas Schreiner

In his volume on Hebrews, Thomas R. Schreiner says, “The words of Jesus on the cross, ‘it is finished’ (John 19:30) capture the theology of Hebrews. My aim in this commentary is to focus on the biblical theology of the letter. The emphasis on biblical theology shows up especially in the introduction and conclusion where theological structures and themes are considered. The commentary will conclude, after presenting an exegesis of each chapter, with a discussion of some major theological themes in Hebrews.”