I’ve just recorded another Youtube video (see my first one here), this time on the subject of Acts 12 and the ways in Peter’s experience is modeled after Christ’s and Israel’s. Acts 12 was one of many exodus-themed parts of Scripture that we didn’t have the space to get into in Echoes of Exodus, but it will give you a flavour of the sort of things we explore in other passages.
Alastair Roberts (PhD, Durham University) writes in the areas of biblical theology and ethics, but frequently trespasses beyond these bounds. He participates in the weekly Mere Fidelity podcast, blogs at Alastair’s Adversaria, and tweets at @zugzwanged.
Have yet to listen to this, but having had the book of over a week, and still not finished it (sorry) I appreciate, even more than I did, your lent 40 days series together with your talks which help the book to breathe, if that makes sense, as it is, to me, more condensed and no not like soup.
I started to make one or two points a few days ago, but scrubbed them as they could come across as too negative.
It is acknowledged in the prelude, in the book that sometimes it may seem that you (plural) may seem to be reaching and indeed in parts it seems that there is some overreaching, when for example it is stated baldly, this is that or that is this, (“Ananias and Sappira are the new Achan and Peter the new Joshua.” p57 is an example) “Noah is Moses. Ararat is Sinai.” (p63) is another. I understand what is being said, so perhaps I’m being a captious pedant.
While the story of Hargar and Ishmael and Hagar is identified as an exodus, I didn’t find they way that chapter ended as satisfactory. Significant differences were acknowledge but they were not made distinct, which, too me, would have been helpful and an enhancement. If an exodus is also an entrance, from – to, and it is, I thought that perhaps could have been drawn out here.
I’ve not given much thought to this (you probably think that is par for the course with me) but do you not think that there are difference between exiles, expulsions,evictions and exoduses?
Again, personally, as clasical music is a mystery to me, though the church, generally, seems to have many fine musicians, I found the music metaphor distracting, unecessarily so.
There so much in the book, I do need to take it even more slowly, read and re-read it alongside scripture, study and dive into the questions posed at the end of each chapter. It is another great contribution to the multi-facetted Gospel as revealed in multi-facetted, diamond-like themes of Biblical Theology. It was interesting to note the influencers, such as Beale and others on you and AW.
It would be good if you both could provide a bibliography of the greastest book influences, on the themes of biblical theology. Carson, Beale, Hays (after your recommendation), Keller, Clowney, Ferguson, Lucas (and many others preaching Christ, from all scripture) have all been significant for me. But it started with Goldsworthy’s trilogy and “Preaching the Whole Bible as Christian Scripture”
Thank you Alastair, and AW, new influencers. As I’m not a theologian, an ordinary Christian, they all help me to appreciate scripture and more, to love and worship our truly marvellous Triune God. You are among them.
Thanks for the thoughtful comment, Geoff.
Writing the book was often frustrating, as it involved condensing a lot of material into a very short finished piece. I wrote over 150,000 words of notes: the book is only 40,000 words in length.
As a result, many parallels that are only roughly gestured towards or baldly asserted, are never developed and readers just have to take our word for it. This isn’t ideal, but it is a result of the limitations we had to work within.
The 40 Days of Exodus series, along with various other articles I have written and talks I have delivered, unpack the connections further. However, much still remains unexpounded, even though I could were I pressed to do so.
As far as other people to read, I very highly recommend Peter Leithart’s A House For My Name and The Four. James Jordan’s Though New Eyes is also a classic.