Is it possible to have too much exegesis in your theology? Is it possible to have too much theology in your exegesis? In this podcast, the Drs. Pennington and Bierig argue that these disciplines are distinct but inseparable. Our theology informs, guides, and guards our exegesis and vice versa. This dance between theology and exegesis is always rooted in Scripture. Dr. Pennington furthers this point by adding that narrative flow has the unique ability to reveal theology. The Gospel of Matthew, as one of the synoptic Gospels, offers a rich platform for examining Christology, not just by examining his titles, but by examining what he says and does.
In this episode, Sam Bierig and Jonathan Pennington discuss the dance between theology and exegesis and how to read the gospel of Matthew with the Trinity in mind.
Jonathan T. Pennington is Professor of New Testament Interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Pennington is the author of The Sermon on the Mount and Human Flourishing, Reading the Gospels Wisely, and Heaven and Earth In the Gospel of Matthew. He is also the Spiritual Formation Pastor at Sojourn East and regularly speaks and teaches in churches all over the country.
Sam Bierig serves as Vice President of Undergraduate Studies, Dean of Spurgeon College, and Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at Spurgeon College. Sam completed his Ph.D. in Biblical Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he wrote his dissertation on hermeneutics and the interpretation of the book of Proverbs. He has written a devotional on Jonah, a book for pastors titled No Neutral Words, and a book for student pastors titled Fulfill Your Student Ministry.