Friday, September 24, 2010

Book Notice: Images of Salvation in the New Testament

I want to take this opportunity to alert you to a new book by one of my colleagues, Dr. Brenda Colijn, who is professor of biblical interpretation and theology here at Ashland. Dr. Colijn's book is entitled Images of Salvation in the New Testament (IVP, November 2010). Hopefully it will be available at SBL in Atlanta. Here is the publisher's description.

"The New Testament does not develop a systematic doctrine of salvation," writes Brenda Colijn. "Instead, it presents us with a variety of pictures taken from different perspectives. From one angle, the human predicament is rebellion against God. Salvation looks like living under God's universal reign. From another angle, the human predicament is bondage to both internal and external forces. Salvation looks like freedom from those forces. From yet a third angle, the human predicament looks like alienation from God, from other people, from creation and even from one's own best self. Salvation looks like the restoration of those relationships."

Colijn, who holds degrees in English literature as well as theology, embraces a critical-realist methodology that incorporates New Testament theology, literary criticism and theological interpretation. She advocates listening to the individual authors of Scripture in their own social-cultural and historical settings, while looking for how the texts work both individually and collectively at a literary level.

Students of the New Testament and of theology will both find their vision broadened and their understanding deepened by this rich, informative study. As the author seeks to understand their implications for people of faith, she uncovers how New Testament images provide the building blocks of the master story of redemption.

Congrats Brenda! I look forward to reading it over Christmas!


  1. Excellent! I look forward to reading it as well.

  2. Looks like an interesting read.

  3. Just got a free copy from IVP. Looks great! I appreciate any approach that seeks nuance and diversity over over-simplified, doctrinally-driven synthesis. I'm looking forward to making my way through it.