If you check any seminary bookstore – you will find a plethora of theology books. I suppose that is a good thing because we need to study theology and most of us, like me, love to have help in that department.
I remember being in seminary at Southeastern, I was asked to read Erickson’s for my theology class, and Thomas Oden. But, when I got out of seminary and started teaching a college girl’s bible study, I wanted to read Grudem’s Bible Doctrines.
I like a theology book to be solid and based on the gospel – of course. But, I also want it to readable for the every-day person – meaning a person who doesn’t have seminary background necessarily and they can still understand it. And I also want to know something of the author and know that he is applying this study of theology to his own life. I remember working at SBTS where Dr. Hamilton is a professor, seeing him walk down the hall, interact with students and colleagues, and witness a humility that can only come from studying the Scripture and knowing the God of the Bible.
Hamilton’s What is Biblical Theology isn’t going to be a starter theology book – I would highly recommend Grudem’s that I mentioned above. However, it will take you to a deeper love and trust and knowledge of your Bible if you dare go there. Especially as a writer, Dr. Hamilton points out the Bibles literary pieces and bigger themes. God was the writer that we should all strive to be! You can trust this book. You can learn from it. And Psalm 119 tells us that knowing the Word of God is a blessed way to live a life that pleases God!