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Biblical Theology According to the Apostles

New Studies in Biblical Theology

Authors: Chris Bruno, Jared Compton, Kevin McFadden

Product code: B531

How the earliest Christians told the story of the Old Testament

How did the apostles understand the Old Testament? Although relatively few in number, the New Testament`s explicit summaries of the Old Testament story of Israel give readers direct access into the way the earliest Christians told this story - that is to say, to the way they did biblical theology.

This stimulating New Studies in Biblical Theology volume examines the passages in the Synoptic Gospels, Acts, Paul`s letters, and Hebrews which recount the characters, events, and institutions of Israel`s story in chronological order and at substantial length. The authors demonstrate just how valuable a lens these summaries provide for a clearer vision of the earliest Christians` practice of biblical theology. In doing so, they also show how contemporary readers can and should follow the apostles` example. Addressing key issues in biblical theology, the works comprising New Studies in Biblical Theology are creative attempts to help Christians better understand their Bibles.

About the Authors

Chris Bruno

Chris Bruno (Ph.D., Wheaton College) serves with Training Leaders International in Hawaii and the Pacific Islands.


He is the author of God is One: The Function of Eis ho Theos as a Ground for Gentile Inclusion in Paul’s Letters (LNTS 497; T&T Clark), The Whole Story of the Bible in 16 Verses (Crossway), The Whole Message of the Bible in 16 Words (Crossway) and the co-author of Churches Partnering Together (Crossway). He has written articles and reviews for several publications and websites, including the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Tyndale Bulletin, Westminster Theological Journal, Vetus Testamentum, Themelios, and The Gospel Coalition.


He has also presented papers at the Tyndale Fellowship Triennial Meeting, the ETS Annual meeting, the SBL Annual meeting, and the Center for Pastor Theology Annual Symposium. He is a member of ETS, SBL, IBR, and the CPT.


Chris and his wife Katie have been married since 2001 and have four awesome sons.

Jared Compton

Jared serves as assistant professor of Greek and New Testament Theology at Bethlehem College & Seminary, a post he took up in 2020. Before coming to Bethlehem, Jared served as pastor for discipleship and pastoral-training at CrossWay Community Church (Bristol, WI) and assistant professor of New Testament at Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary (Allen Park, MI). Jared received his Ph.D. in New Testament from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School under the supervision of D. A. Carson.


Jared loves teaching and preaching the Bible and training others to do the same. He loves thinking and talking about how the Bible fits together and how we fit into the Bible’s big story. He also loves (and sometimes hates!) writing. Jared’s written articles and reviews for several publications and published three books, most recently Biblical Theology according to the Apostles: How the Earliest Christians Told Israel’s Story (IVP, 2020), a book he wrote with two of his childhood friends.


He’s served on the editorial board for Themelios and Trinity Journal and is presently a member of ETS & IBR. Best of all, he’s been a Christian for nearly 30 years, married to his best friend Charisse for nearly 16 years, and has been telling dad jokes for 14 years. Jared, Charisse, and their three children—Asher (14), Jude (12), and Haven (10)—live in Arden Hills and attend Bethlehem’s North Campus. 

Kevin McFadden

Kevin McFadden (PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is associate professor of New Testament at Cairn University in Philadelphia and the coauthor of Biblical Theology according to the Apostles. Kevin and his wife, Colleen, are members of Trinity Community Church in Abington, Pennsylvania.