Someone recently asked me if there was a biblical theology in print that I would recommend as a Wesleyan. I've heard that Dennis Kinlaw has produced an OT one (I haven't found it on Amazon). I made the usual references to Ladd and Marshall recently has one.
If I were to make a prediction, we might see in a few years a glut of biblical theologies. What somewhat killed biblical theology about a generation ago is the fact that each biblical author has a unique theology. The typical biblical theology book thus goes author by author and points out what is unique for them. But with the rise of theological interpretation, we can come clean about the fact that biblical material can be organized on the basis of Christian theology external to the text itself.
In short, the hermeneutical climate would now allow for a synthesized biblical theology once again, like the pre-modern ones of yore that did not realize they were organizing the content of the biblical texts on the basis of later Christian theology, but this time with intentionality.
So my next thought is predictable. Should I dedicate a few years to writing one? My answer thus far is no. First, there is no real demand for me to write anything, especially on this level. My own denominational publishers don't publish serious scholarship, and I don't know of any mainstream publishers that would be interested since I hardly have a following in mainstream circles.
But I also became stymied when I began to think of how I would organize the topic of God. Barth, for example, organized his Dogmatics around Christ. But God the Father remains the uncontested center of Scripture, with Christ firmly subordinated to him in the New Testament. Once more it reminded me that I am not trendy enough to write this work. The great biblical theology that would sell today would have to be co-written by someone with Richard Bauckham's Christological interpretations and Joel Green's hermeneutic.
Does that person exist? Michael Gorman? Maybe some of us in the Methodist tradition could get together. Just let me write some of the parts on hamartiology, justification, and sanctification. ;-)