Using a thorough, integrated biblical theology to make sense of the `master story` of Scripture, Allan J. McNicol explores the nature and importance of the Bible`s abiding narrative of the persistence of God`s promises to his people, and their hope of final triumph. Special attention is given to the often contentious claim that these early followers of Jesus presumed that they stood in full continuity with Israel, the historic people of God, and were claiming that many of God's promises were coming to fulfilment among them. McNicol presents a closer analysis of the texts as he shows how the theme of the people of God fits into the wider literary productions of these major New Testament writers.
Allan J. McNicol is A.B. Cox Professor Emeritus of New Testament and Biblical Theology at Austin Graduate School of Theology, USA.
Preface Introduction and Acknowledgments Section I 1. Does the Bible Render a Unified Story? 2. The Rise and Fall of the Grand Narrative 3. The Bible as a Coherent narrative Section II 4. The Emergence and Preservation of God's Endangered Promises to His Marginalized People Section III 5. Jesus and the Restoration of the People of God 6. Matthew: The Transformation of the People of God 7. At the Last Moment: A Welcome to the Gentiles from an Unlikely Source 8. Luke-Acts: In Defense of the Restoration of Israel 9. The Markan Mystery of the Gospel 10. Exiles and Aliens in the World: Key Non-Pauline letters 11. Ecclesiology and the Johannine Legacy Section IV 12. Conclusion: The Master Story of Scripture Index