NT scholar James Hamilton in God's Glory in Salvation Through Judgment stating that his desire is to do for 'biblical theology what Kevin Vanhoozer did for hermeneutics and David Wells did for evangelical theology'(38).
Anyone who is even remotely familiar these authors and fields recognizes the boldness of this statement, even Hamilton himself who calls it 'quixotic'. Nevertheless, Hamilton believes that despite the pessimism of biblical theologians concerning the availability of a 'theological center' one can be found and that it is as his title suggests 'God's glory in salvation through judgment'. To prove this theory Hamilton examines the theme as it exists in every book of the Bible, drawn out its theology and shown the Bible's interrelationship has he sees it.
Hamilton's foundation is located in Exodus 34 Moses asks to see God's glory, and God reveals himself as a God who is merciful and just. James Hamilton Jr. contends that from this passage comes a biblical theology that unites the meta-narrative of Scripture under one central theme: God's glory in salvation through judgment.
In the Old Testament Hamilton shows that Israel was saved through God's judgment on the Egyptians and the Canaanites and then glorified through both his judgment and mercy, accorded in salvation to Israel as he repeatedly provided for their salvation from both enemy and sin.
The New Testament unfolds the ultimate display of God's glory in justice and mercy, and depicts God's righteous judgment shown on the cross as the instrument of salvation. This is also true eschatological; God's glory in salvation through judgment will be shown at the end of time, when Christ returns to judge his enemies and save all who have called on his name.
The building block of this message is located in Exodus 34 Moses asks to see God's glory, and God reveals himself as a God who is merciful and just. James Hamilton Jr. contends that from this passage comes a biblical theology that unites the meta-narrative of Scripture under one central theme: God's glory in salvation through judgment.
Hamilton moves through the Bible book by book, showing that there is one theological center to the whole Bible. The volume's systematic method and scope make it a unique resource for pastors, professors, and students.