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Help in Gospel-Centered Bible Reading

Dane Ortlund | Review by: Dane Ortlund

Sometimes we can read the Bible while still missing its overarching perspective with Jesus as the center. These books will help you develop and maintain that Christ-centered focus. 

Authors to read for further study on gospel-centered hermeneutics: 

* = entry level 
** = intermediate level 
*** = advanced level 

T. Desmond Alexander

*The Servant King: The Bible’s Portrait of the Messiah. Regent College Press, 2003. 172 pp. 

*From Eden to the New Jerusalem: An Introduction to Biblical Theology. Kregel, 2009. 208 pp. 

G. K. Beale

***A New Testament Biblical Theology: Transformation of the Old Testament in the New. Baker, 2011. 992 pp. 

**“The Eschatological Conception of New Testament Theology.” In The Reader Must Understand: Eschatology in Bible and Theology. Edited by K. E Browner and M. W. Elliot. InterVarsity, 1997. 60 pp. 

D. A. Carson

*The God Who Is There: Finding Your Place in the Story. Baker, 2010. 240 pp. 

Bryan Chapell

**Christ-Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository Sermon. 2d ed. Baker, 2005. 400 pp. Note especially chapters 10 and 11. 

Roy Ciampa

**“The History of Redemption.” In Central Themes in Biblical Theology: Mapping Unity in Diversity. Edited by Scott J. Hafemann and Paul R. House. Baker, 2007. 50 pp. 

Edmund Clowney

**Preaching Christ in All of Scripture. Crossway, 2003. 192 pp. 

**The Unfolding Mystery: Discovering Christ in the Old Testament. Presbyterian & Reformed, 1991. 208 pp. 

Stephen Dempster

**Dominion and Dynasty: A Biblical Theology of the Hebrew Bible. InterVarsity: 2003. 267 pp. 

William Dumbrell

**The End of the Beginning: Revelation 21–22 and the Old Testament. Wipf & Stock:2001. 216 pp. 

Graeme Goldsworthy

*According to Plan: The Unfolding Revelation of God in the Bible. InterVarsity, 2002. 251 pp. 

**The Goldsworthy Trilogy (Gospel and KingdomGospel and WisdomThe Gospel in Revelation). Paternoster, 2001. 586 pp. (esp. Gospel and Kingdom

***Gospel-Centered Hermeneutics: Foundations and Principles of Evangelical Biblical Interpretation. InterVarsity, 2007. 341 pp. 

**Preaching the Whole Bible as Christian Scripture: The Application of Biblical Theology to Expository Preaching. Eerdmans, 2000. 287 pp. 

Sidney Greidanus

**Preaching Christ from the Old Testament: A Contemporary Hermeneutical Method. Eerdmans, 1999. 392 pp. 

Dennis E. Johnson

**Him We Proclaim: Preaching Christ from All the Scriptures. Presbyterian & Reformed, 2007. 494 pp. 

Sally Lloyd-Jones 

*The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name. Zondervan, 2007. 352 pp. 

Vaughan Roberts

*God’s Big Picture: Tracing the Storyline of the Bible. InterVarsity, 2003. 160 pp. 

O. Palmer Robertson

**The Christ of the Covenants. Presbyterian & Reformed, 1981. 308 pp. 

Colin Smith

*The Plan. TGC Booklets. Crossway, 2011. 30 pp. 

Michael Williams 

*Far as the Curse Is Found: The Covenant Story of Redemption. Presbyterian & Reformed, 2005. 319 pp. 

Christopher J. H. Wright

**Knowing Jesus through the Old Testament. InterVarsity, 1992. 256 pp.

Dane Ortlund (PhD, Wheaton College) is senior editor of Bible at Crossway Books in Wheaton, Illinois, where he lives with his wife, Stacey, and two boys. Dane blogs regularly at Strawberry-Rhubarb Theology. He is the author of A New Inner Relish: Christian Motivation in the Thought of Jonathan Edwards.

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