Is it possible to study issues of intertextuality between the Old and New Testaments without consulting G. K. Beale these days? Personally, I don’t think so. I admit up front that I’m a fan of Beale’s writings. My enthusiasm has its roots from my reading of Brevard Childs in my seminary studies in the nineties. Childs advocated interpreting the Bible by viewing it in its context as a completed work. Inherent to this is understanding how the individual writings of the Bible fit together to make up the final form of the Canon.
If one attempts to read the Bible as a whole—in a canonical context—analysis of intertextuality is a key. What is intertextuality? The Pocket Dictionary for the Study of New Testament Greek defines it as “the repetition, interweaving or reworking of biblical texts, ideas or motifs; or the embedding of portions of or allusions to one passage (called a subtext) within another” (p. 74).
For the study of intertextuality, one of my favorite resources is Beale & Carson’s Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament. This work analyzes every quotation and allusion of the Old Testament in the New Testament. And because I can search it by Scripture reference, I can even use it in reverse order by searching for Old Testament passages to see how they are treated in the New Testament. This has become one of my favorite titles in the Accordance Library, and I don’t feel as if I have fully studied a passage if I have not consulted this title.
Thus, I am thrilled to see G. K. Beale’s A New Testament Biblical Theology: The Unfolding of the Old Testament in the New released for the Accordance Library. Here is the publisher’s description of this title:
In this comprehensive exposition, a leading New Testament scholar explores the unfolding theological unity of the entire Bible from the vantage point of the New Testament. G. K. Beale, coeditor of the award-winning Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament, examines how the New Testament storyline relates to and develops the Old Testament storyline. Beale argues that every major concept of the New Testament is a development of a concept from the Old and is to be understood as a facet of the inauguration of the latter-day new creation and kingdom. Offering extensive interaction between the two testaments, this volume helps readers see the unifying conceptual threads of the Old Testament and how those threads are woven together in Christ. This major work will be valued by students of the New Testament and pastors alike.
This volume by Beale should not be confused with a standard New Testament Theology that analyzes the theology of the Bible, book by book. Instead, Beale focuses on what he calls the storyline of the New Testament. Beale argues that every idea in the New Testament is rooted in the Old Testament, and this volume examines these ideas, one at a time, exploring the relationship between the New Testament with the Old.
Click on the image above to see a larger view of Beale’s New Testament Biblical Theology
The Accordance developers have painstakingly analyzed the text of Beale’s A New Testament Biblical Theology and have tagged content according to the following fields: Titles, English Content, Scripture, Greek Content, Hebrew Content, Transliteration, Manuscripts, Bibliography, and Page Numbers. These fields allow you to quickly narrow your search of this title for the specific content you need to access.
If you have the most recent update to the Theological Journal Library, be certain to check out the review of Beale’s A New Testament Biblical Theology in the Winter 2012 issue of The Southeastern Theological Review (pp. 299-302).
G. K. Beale’s A New Testament Biblical Theology: The Unfolding of the Old Testament in the New will regularly sell for $49.90, but through June 8, Accordance users can get introductory pricing of $41.90.
A New Testament Biblical Theology
In the video below, G. K. Beale discusses A New Testament Biblical Theology.