The Biblical Story

The Bible is not a manual of theology. You cannot look under ‘P’ for prayer to find out how to pray. The Bible is a story. It is an annotated story. It includes notes that explain the theological significance of the story and the practical implications of the story. But it is a story – the story of God’s great plan of salvation.

Biblical theology is the theological discipline of understanding the Bible story. It traces the unfolding promises of God through the Bible to show how the Bible fits together and presents one coherent story of salvation. It presents themes in the form of narrative to avoid a static or decontextualized reading of the Bible.

Biblical theology is therefore essential and central to reading the Bible correctly, both the Old and New Testaments. But biblical theology is also essential and central to ‘reading life’ correctly. The Bible story is not simply the context in which the Bible was written. It is our story. This course aims to introduce the Christian to biblical theology and how to apply it to their understanding of God, Scripture immediately, and their place in the world.




Sunday evenings (ca. 17:40-18:50) at Annankatu 7
7th of November – 5th of December 2021


Click the link to join the Zoom call:

Meeting ID: 878 5137 5956
Passcode: 036965

If you are taking the course for credit, please take some time to familiarise yourself with the ATI student handbook: ATI student handbook 2020-21

Course Contents *

1. Introducing biblical theology: God’s people, God’s place, God’s rule

2. Wisdom and biblical theology

3. Historical, theological and Christological readings

4. Exodus and exile

5. Matthew’s biblical theology


Further Reading 

  • Tim Chester, From Creation to New Creation: Understanding the Bible Story, The Good Book Company, 2nd Ed., 2010.
  • Graeme Goldsworthy, According to Plan: The Unfolding Revelation of God in the Bible, IVP, 1991, 2003.
  • Stephen Dempster, Dominion and Dynasty: A Theology of the Hebrew Bible, Apollos/Inter-Varsity, 2003.


Students wanting ATS credit should complete one of the following assignments:

  • Submit the text or audio for a sermon together with a commentary on how biblical theology shaped your approach to the text.
  • Write a 2,000-word essay outlining how Jesus is our Wisdom.
  • ‘How is the promise of land to Abraham fulfilled in the experience of Christians today?’ (2,000 words)