I’ll say it up front. I love Bib­li­cal The­ol­ogy. The under­stand­ing that Scrip­ture has a com­plete, dis­cernible and con­tin­u­ous story line is essen­tial to under­stand­ing God’s work to restore cre­ation and redeem a peo­ple for himself.

One recent BT book I enjoyed read­ing and con­tinue to ref­er­ence is James Hamilton’s God’s Glory in Sal­va­tion through Judg­ment: a Bib­li­cal Theology.

This snip­pet sum­ma­rizes the preser­va­tion of a rem­nant through their return from exile — a return that leaves them under­stand­ing that some­thing, Some­one, else is yet to come.

The story line of the prophets is straight­for­ward. The peo­ple of Israel enter the land promised them by God. In doing so, they are like a new Adam in a new Eden. Their task is to rule over the earth and sub­due it, but they fare no bet­ter than Adam did. The ini­tial con­quest under Joshua is sub­verted by the Canaaniza­tion of Israel in Judges, and then the nation rejects Yah­weh for a king like all the other nations. Hav­ing removed Saul, Yah­weh mer­ci­fully raises up David and promises that his seed will rule. Solomon builds the tem­ple, but then he wor­ships the gods of his many wives. The nation is rent aus­nder. Israel falls to Assyria, Judah to Babylon.

Along the way, Isa­iah, Jere­miah, Ezekiel, and the Twelve call the kings, priests and peo­ple to repen­tance. They also proph­esy that Yah­weh will redeem his peo­ple after the exile. Just as he brought his peo­ple out of Egypt, he will bring them back from all the lands in which he scat­tered them. Just as he shook heaven and earth at Sinai, he will once again shake heav­ens and earth, and once again enter into a covenant with Israel, and the peo­ple will know Yah­weh. … Through the judg­ment of exile, Yah­weh will purge his peo­ple, bring them to final sal­va­tion and his glory will be the cen­ter­piece of praise, as it is the cen­ter of bib­li­cal theology.

Hamil­ton, James M. God’s Glory in Sal­va­tion through Judg­ment: a Bib­li­cal The­ol­ogy. Wheaton, IL: Cross­way, 2010. Print. p. 267