Nothing can be a more legitimate and worthy pursuit for any man to undertake than a conscientious inquiry into the Truth of the religion in which he has been reared. This study helps us infer the message to Yahweh’s people.
The Holy Bible tells us one story about our Creator, who created all things and who dominates over all. We can sum up this story in five words: Creation, Fall, Redemption, new Creation. We look at the Bible as a series of fragmented stories spread across the ages, and so we neglect to pick up the main objective. Tracing the story is the undertaking of the biblical theology approach. Our ancestors, and all of us since then, rejected Yahweh’s good rule over humanity. Yet, God promised to send a Saviour and the rest of the Scriptures prophecy that coming Saviour. While its goal is certainly to reflect biblical Truth, the subject area of biblical theology is different from other theological methods.
The Truth is the Truth; it has no religion. As we follow the sources of the Bible that connect across the historic periods, from various scriptural authors, we believe that the Bible tells us one story of one God who is committed to saving one humanity for His Glory. Rather than looking first to modern questions and categories, biblical theology pushes us towards the categories and symbols that all the writers of Scripture used. For instance, the Book of Exodus and the other narratives concerning Moses tell a story of physical and Spiritual liberation using the fundamental reference of Moses - a name previously unknown in literature - who represents man's relationship with God. The writers of the biblical narratives go to extreme lengths to ground their news reports in history, to show God working through actual events. Literature or Scripture, does not require to be historically accurate to express a true statement, though. Insistence on stories such as viewing the Book of Exodus as purely historical, denies a reader a wider experience of the text. To claim that the book must be 100 percent historically proven to be meaningful, denies the power of the story to relay its message.
Unfortunately, the greater portion of the religious literature pertaining to the first centuries of our era was destroyed, either in the various persecutions to which the followers of Jesus were subjected by their pagan rulers, or else by the numerous sects into which they were themselves divided, for they seem to have felt it a duty incumbent upon them to erase from the writings of their opponents whatever was in contrast with their own opinions. Biblical theology helps us go back to the categories, symbols, and thought patterns that the human writers of Scripture used.