Providing a model of how to 'do' biblical theology, this book also explores important emerging trends over the last five years including: reception-history as a means to grasping the theology of the bible; theological interpretation as a new form of lectio divina (meditative reading); the place of Jewish interpretation in forming a biblical theology; and the ever-present problem of losing Old Testament theology in New Testament theology. The second half of the book discusses the theme of Providence, as found in both Testaments, with insights gained from the history of biblical interpretation and from major attempts at working out a theology of Providence. Elliott focuses on Providence as it has been perceived rather than the themes of God's goodness and powerfulness in themselves.
’I can think of no one working at present who demonstrates a more detailed and comprehensive grasp of historical theology and modern biblical studies than Mark Elliott. He is as much at home in traditional Christian Dogmatics as in modern Jewish approaches to Biblical Theology as in German catholic and protestant contributions. The hermeneutical continuities and discontinuities in the wide history of biblical interpretation are set forth and evaluated as species of Biblical Theology, and one senses in this recent book an ardent quest for the heart of the discipline.’ Christopher Seitz, Wycliffe College, Canada 'The Heart of Biblical Theology comprises a rich survey of the recent and classic sources for biblical theology...' Catholic Books Review '...an insightful and fascinating read, providing an important critical overview of recent research on biblical theology and the theological interpretation of Scripture...' Theology