Biblical and Theological Studies: A Student's Guide

By Michael J. Wilkins, K. Erik Thoennes, Series edited by David S. Dockery

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There is an abundant need today for biblically grounded and practically applied theology.

In this book, a New Testament scholar and a theologian team up to offer readers a robust introduction to biblical and theological studies. This readable guide outlines a distinctly evangelical approach to studying the Bible and theology, highlighting the proper methods for understanding and synthesizing the teachings of the Bible, leading to deeper knowledge of God, ourselves, and how we are to meaningfully apply his Word to our lives.

Part of the Reclaiming the Christian Intellectual Tradition series. 


Michael J. Wilkins

Michael J. Wilkins (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is distinguished professor of New Testament language and literature and dean of the faculty at Biola University’s Talbot School of Theology. He is the author of numerous books, commentaries, and articles.

K. Erik Thoennes

Erik Thoennes (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is professor and department chair of biblical and theological studies at Biola University and a pastor at Grace Evangelical Free Church in La Mirada, California. Previously he taught at Wheaton College and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the author of numerous articles and several books. Erik lives with his wife, Donna, and their four children.

Product Details

Category: Academic
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 128
Size: 5.25 in x 7.75 in
Weight: 4.89 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-3489-4
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-3489-8
ISBN-UPC: 9781433534898
Case Quantity: 100
Published: June 30, 2018

Table of Contents

Series Preface

  1. Introduction to Biblical and Theological Studies
  2. Biblical Studies
  3. Theological Studies

Questions for Reflection
Resources for Further Study
General Index
Scripture Index


“Wilkins and Thoennes have provided an ideal introduction for students who want to become acquainted with biblical and theological studies. The book is concise and brief while covering an astonishing number of topics. Most importantly, the authors are sure-footed and faithful guides in both biblical studies and theology.”
Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“A helpful introduction to the world of biblical and theological studies. Beginning students will find that this little book provides big dividends.”
Daniel L. Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

“Students seeking the best in evangelical scholarship will find it here. Profoundly simple and masterfully written, this book will help anyone wanting to be equipped for the study of theology. Read it with a bowed head and grateful heart.”
Robert E. Coleman, Distinguished Senior Professor of Evangelism and Discipleship, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

“Wilkins and Thoennes, impressive models of scholarship and teaching in their own right, have crafted this readable ‘preface’ as an aid for our students who are perplexed about the nature and relationship of biblical studies and theology. The mind fog that can surround these two fields makes it hard for us to connect the dots for our learners. Thus it can be difficult to move forward toward a shared passion of what we should do with the Bible and theology. Wilkins and Thoennes bring texture and unity to what are often perceived as merely isolated and abstract terms to be memorized. This book will help enliven the minds and souls of evangelical biblical and theological students and scholars in this generation.”
Tim L. Anderson, Professor of Theology, Corban University; author, What the Bible Says about Intimacy with God

“They say that ‘well begun is half done,’ and this introduction to biblical and theological studies will set students up for success from the start. Wilkins and Thoennes seem to be mind readers as they skillfully anticipate and answer so many of the topics, terms, and names that students will wonder about. A great introduction to a vast field of learning.”
Fred Sanders, Professor of Theology, Torrey Honors College, Biola University; author, The Deep Things of God