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Publication Date: 20 Feb 2020
Series: New Studies in Biblical Theology
Publisher: Apollos
Page Count: 304
Author: Matthew Barrett
ISBN-13: 9781783595440, 9781783595457

Canon, Covenant and Christology

Rethinking Jesus And The Scriptures Of Israel
By Matthew Barrett
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Matthew Barrett argues that Jesus and the apostles have just as convictional a doctrine of Scripture as Paul or Peter, but it will only be discovered if one reads the Gospels within their own canonical horizon and covenantal context.

The nature of Scripture that Jesus and the Gospel writers presuppose may not be addressed directly, but it manifests itself powerfully when one reads the words of Jesus and the Gospel writers within the Old Testament’s promise-fulfillment pattern.

Nothing demonstrates scripture’s divine origin and trustworthy nature more than the gospel of Jesus Christ. In the advent of the Son of God, the Word has become made flesh (Jn. 1:14), announcing to Jew and Gentile alike that God has come through on his inscripturated, covenant word.


Introduction: Reorienting the hermeneutical approach to Jesus and the scriptures of Israel1.
1. Divine authorship, canonical unity, and the presuppositions of biblical theology
2. The book of the covenant and canon consciousness
3. The scripture must be fulfilled: The Matthean witness (Case study 1)
4. The ultimate fulfillment and self-disclosure of God: The Johannine witness (Case study 2)
5. Living by every word from the mouth of God: What Christ’s covenant obedience to the scriptures says about the scriptures
6. The Word Became Flesh: From Christology to canon
About the Author
Associate Professor of Christian Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and the executive editor of Credo Magazine. Author of numerous books, including None Greater, God’s Word Alone, 40 Questions About Salvation, John Owen on the Christian Life and Salvation by Grace. Editor of The Doctrine by Which the Church Stands or Falls and Reformation Theology. Host of the Credo podcast where he talks with fellow theologians about the most important doctrines of the faith.
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In a wide-ranging discussion, Matthew Barrett explores [biblical theology] from the perspective of the Gospels, deploying interesting and stimulating insight that will certainly be picked up and developed by many pastors and theologians. Jesus himself ties together the old and new covenants. He fulfills the Scriptures, but effectively does so only by being obedient to them. The dynamic casts fresh light not only on Christ, but on the Scriptures themselves.

- D. A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, USA

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