This commentary, like each in the series, is designed to serve readers by demonstrating the continuing intellectual and practical
viability of theological interpretation of the Bible. Figures of the classical church such as Augustine, Calvin, Luther, and
Wesley interpreted the Bible theologically, believing Scripture as a whole witnessed to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Modern
interpreters of the Bible questioned this premise. But, in recent decades, a critical mass of theologians and biblical scholars
has begun to reassert the priority of a theological reading of Scripture.