How do the different books of the Christian bible contribute to telling the story of God's salvation in Jesus Christ? How can the diverse and sometimes confusing range of perspectives in the bible join together in one picture?
Sigurd Grindheim shows students how this picture can be seen as that of the Triune God, the God who interacts. God makes human beings who enjoy a peaceful relationship with him. This relationship is broken because of sin, but God continues to reach out to human beings through covenants. Human failure to be faithful shows that God needs to intervene in a more direct way. In his son Jesus Christ, he comes to earth and brings reconciliation. Grindheim draws on insights from scholarship and tradition to answer the major questions and presents them in a highly accessible form, using examples, revision questions and charts. This book is written specifically for students at the start of courses in the Bible, Theology and Ministry, and for those searching for a deeper understanding of the theology of the Christian bible.
Sigurd Grindheim teaches New Testament at Fjellhaug International University College, Norway.
Introduction 1. The God Who Interacts 2. Obedient and Rebellious Subjects: Angels and Demons 3. Made for Fellowship: Human Beings As Created 4. Breaking the Relationship: Human Sin 5. God Makes It Personal: God's Interaction with His People in the Old Testament 6. Mending the Relationship with God: Restitution for Sin in the the Old Testament 7. A New Ruler and a New Order: The Old Testament Messianic Hope 8. God Came to Us: The New Testament Picture of Jesus 9. What Human Beings Could Not Do: The Work of God in Christ 10. Enjoying Favor with God: Salvation in the New Testament 11. The Most Intimate Fellowship: The Gift of the Holy Spirit 12. A Life Transformed: The New Life of the Believer 13. God's New Community: The Church 14. The Covenant Rituals of the New Community: Baptism and the Lord's Supper 15. Perfect Union: The Last Things