Shelf Life Book Review: The King in His Beauty

Elliot Ritzema

The King in His Beauty: A Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments
Baker Academic, 2013

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In this comprehensive overview of biblical theology, Thomas Schreiner argues that “kingdom of God” is the central theme of the Bible. Schreiner believes this is true even for Wisdom literature where the words “kingdom,” “rule,” and “reign” are often absent. He traces the story of God’s reign throughout the Bible, emphasizing that the reason for the story is ultimately God’s glory. These two themes (kingdom and glory) are captured in the title: The King in His Beauty.

The book is arranged according to the Protestant Bible, with similar books placed together, such as the Pentateuch, the historical books, and the prophets. At the end of each section, Schreiner summarizes the message of each part of Scripture as part of the whole.

At 646 pages (not including bibliography and indexes), the book requires a significant time commitment. However, Schreiner keeps the narrative moving briskly and writes at a nontechnical level that is accessible to the average pastor, student or interested Christian. Those looking for a high-altitude overview of the Bible’s narrative will find valuable insight into the story of the King and His kingdom.

Article courtesy of Bible Study Magazine published by Faithlife Corporation. Originally published in print, Vol. 6 No. 2