The Drama of Scripture, Craig Bartholomew and Michael Goheen
provide an engaging overview of the story line and theology of
the Bible. As the authors suggest in their introduction, it is
only as we read and appropriate the Bible "as our story"
that we fully understand it and allow it to have authority over
us. As we enter into the story of the Bible, we find God revealed
there and are called to participate in his continuing activity.
The biblical story, then, is foundational to Christian thinking
from this perspective, the authors survey the story in Scripture.
Their work is part introduction, part commentary, part theology,
and thoroughly engaging. They suggest two over-arching themes
running throughout the story--"covenant" in the Old
Testament and "the kingdom of God" in the New Testament.
These two themes effectively summarize the activity of God throughout
human history. They are ways of looking at the story in order
to gain an understanding of God's purposes and to let them claim
and Goheen work their way through the Bible as a drama with six
acts-creation, sin, Israel, Jesus, mission, and new creation.
Their study provides an introduction to the Bible and a commentary
on important passages, but it is more than that. It is also a
theological reflection on the ongoing story and a call for participation
in God's grand narrative. It will be a useful work for students
who study Scripture and a helpful resource for pastors and teachers
looking for assistance in developing a compelling presentation
of the biblical story.