Biblical Theology

At IBR 2019, the Biblical Theology group continued a multi-year project begun in 2017, focusing on examples of biblical theological method and classification. Using the taxonomy of types of Biblical Theology offered in Understanding Biblical Theology (Zondervan, 2012), papers focused on a worked example of their particular types of Biblical Theology, while reflecting upon the methodological perspectives within their own perspective on Biblical Theology.

In 2020 the Biblical Theology section will host a session on the relationship between biblical theology and the biblical canon. The section will offer four invited papers that will reflect on the ways that the concept of canon shapes the methodological and theological perspectives of biblical theology. For more information, contact Stephen Presley ( or Brandon Smith (

Room TBD

  • Stephen Presley, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Presiding (5 min)
  • Matthew Y. Emerson, Oklahoma Baptist University
    Biblical Theology, Canonical Shape, and Chalcedonian Christology (20 min)
  • Ched Spellman, Cedarville University
    The Biblical Canon as Biblical Theology: Exploring the Relationship Between Composition, Canonical Context, and the Task of Biblical Theology (20 min)
  • Darian Lockett, Biola University
    Interpreting the Recontextualized Text: The Canonical Shape of Biblical Theology (20 min)
  • Mark S. Gignilliat, Samford University
    Biblical Theology: Is It Still a Bridge Discipline? (20 min)
  • Brandon D. Smith, Cedarville University, Presiding
  • Discussion (35 min)