So Wide a Sea: Essays on Biblical and Systematic Theology

Written by Ben C. Ollenburger (ed.) Reviewed By Craig L. Blomberg

What is the relationship between these two disciplines which so often seem rivals? A team of Mennonite scholars tackles this question and comes up with a variety of interrelated answers. Systematic theology may bring ancient models or contemporary questions to bear on scriptural texts and force biblical theologians to come up with new answers or view passages in new lights. It may unmask hidden presuppositions. Biblical theology, conversely, should force systematicians to make sure their models and summaries are adequately grounded in properly exegeted, major units of Scripture. The common distinction between biblical theology studying what texts meant and systematics determining what they mean is probably overstated and methodologically artificial. Both disciplines have responsibilities at both levels. Both are best understood within the contexts of confessional communities. Though scarcely the final word on the topic, this anthology raises most of the important current issues at stake in the debate and offers helpful suggestions toward moving beyond an impasse.


Craig L. Blomberg

Craig L. Blomberg
Denver Seminary
Denver, Colorado, USA