Book Review | The Story Retold

The New Testament Builds on an Old Story

In The Story Retold, G. K. Beale and Benjamin L. Gladd explore each New Testament book in light of the broad history of redemption, emphasizing the biblical-theological themes of each New Testament book. Their distinctive approach is to encourage readers to read the New Testament in light of the Old, not as a new story but as a story retold.

This book is composed of 23 chapters—three introductory and 20 dedicated for the 27 chapters of the New Testament. In chapter one, Beale and Gladd laid down the foundation by presenting the story line of the Bible, beginning from Genesis through Revelation. In the second chapter, they established the New Testament use of the Old Testament which is essential in reading this book. The remaining 21 chapters is dedicated to the survey of the New Testament books.

Each chapter starts with the basic information of about the respective book—its authorship, purpose, date, outline, and theological themes. Then, it goes on to the survey of the books chapter by chapter, written with Old Testament lenses—looking at its contextual nature, examining its uses. It is loaded with theology, history, archeology. At the same time, it is filled with pictures and illustrations which you will surely love.

What I love most about this book is that I found it to be very readable and enjoyable. Though it was written in an academic and scholarly approach, it is pretty approachable. Whether you are a layman, minister, seminary student, you will surely find the treasures embedded herein very useful in deepening your Biblical knowledge.

On the other hand, what I do not like much about it is its size. This book is huge and heavy! I did not expect it to be in this format. It measures 7.25” x 10.25” x 1.5” and weighs around 4 lbs. It is like a coffee table book with glossy pages. I believe this was so to accommodate the full-color pictures and illustrations found all throughout the book. Nonetheless, I really enjoyed it page by page.

The Story Retold retails for $55 and is also available in eBook format.

Disclosure: A review copy of The Story Retold (ISBN 9780830852666) was provided for review by InterVarsity Press, from whom you may purchase a copy.

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