Biblical Theology

Author Interview: Timothy Paul Jones explains why the Bible is still trustworthy

A conversation with Timothy Paul Jones about his new book, “Why Should I Trust The Bible?”

6 life-giving truths from the New Testament

The New Testament writers never imagined a passive faith that could be sundered from a life of discipleship.

Episode 23: Nancy Guthrie on grief, biblical theology, and women in the church.

Dr. York sits down with Nancy Guthrie (author, theologian, Bible teacher) to discuss grief, biblical theology, and women in the church.

The not-so-surprising answer to teen anxiety

He saves teenagers. He changes teenagers. So if youth pastors like me are teaching the Bible without connecting each lesson or passage to Jesus, we’ve failed.

How the Old Testament’s story points us to Christ

The entire Old Testament is anticipating a perfect obedient son and servant king.

3 reasons people and place matter to God’s Kingdom

The kingdom of God is the interplay of the king’s power over the king’s people in the king’s place.

7 ways theology can change your Bible reading

Understanding the Bible as a unified redemptive story dramatically changes the way we approach it.

Editorial: Thinking about Typology

Typology allows us to know God’s Word better and to see how all of Scripture relates to Christ, and how, we, as God’s people, are the beneficiaries of all of God’s promises in Christ.

Biblical-Theological Exegesis and the Nature of Typology

As Doug Moo has noted, “typology is much easier to talk about than to describe.”1 Even among evangelicals, competing definitions of typology are legion. These matters are further complicated by related (and equally polarizing) issues such as the nature of biblical theology, the NT’s use of the OT, the structure of the canon, authorial intent,…

From Beelines to Plotlines: Typology That Follows the Covenental Topography of Scripture

Perhaps you have heard or repeated Charles Spurgeon’s famous axiom, “I take my text and make a beeline to the cross.” The trouble is Charles Spurgeon probably never said it.1 Worse, the simplistic axiom fails to account for the textual shape and biblical contours of the Bible, not to mention the infelicitous way it misjudges…

Typology and Allegory: Is There a Distinction? A Brief Examination of Figural Reading

Any study of typology in recent days must account for allegory and elucidate if any distinction should be maintained between the two. In this brief article, I will sketch out the recent emphasis on figural reading1 before critiquing this nomenclature and approach in the process of advancing four reasons that interpreters of Scripture should understand…

A True and Greater Boaz: Typology and Jesus in the Book of Ruth

Introduction The Book of Ruth is not the only Old Testament (OT) book with a genealogy, but it is the only one with a genealogy in its closing verses.1 In fact, the content of the genealogy may be the whole reason the Book of Ruth was written.2 The last word of the final verse is…

“Whatever You Ask” for the Missionary Purposes of the Eschatological Temple: Quotation and Typology in Mark 11-12

The beginning of the Gospel of Mark anticipates—right away—that the narrative will climax at the Jerusalem temple. This “gospel” of Jesus Christ in Mark 1:1 is “as it is written” (καθὼς γέγραπται; 1:2) in Isaiah. The meaning of “gospel,” therefore, should be sought in the first place in Isaiah, specifically in the context of Isaiah…

Searching for the Second Adam: Typological Connections between Adam, Joseph, Mordecai, and Daniel

Introduction Those who champion orthodoxy rightly eschew doctrinal deviations in favor of proven, tested theological conclusions, but also demand that each new generation of Christian thinkers read the Scriptures afresh. Conservative theologians live, readily and occasionally happily, in such a tension. It is, after all, part of what it means to receive, maintain and pass…