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Biblical Theology of Old and New Testament Theological Reflection of the Christian Bible Hardcover – April 1, 1993
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The compelling answers of Brevard S. Childs to these questions have earned him international acclaim as the pioneer of the “canonical approach” and have ensured that his touchstone work, The Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments, will endure the test of time.
For the author, the Bible and Theology are inextricably intertwined. They should be distinguished, not divorced. The fundamental goal of Biblical Theology is “to understand the various voices within the whole Christian Bible, New and Old Testament alike, as a witness to the one Lord Jesus Christ, the selfsame divine reality” (BTONT, p. 85).
The New Testament’s use of the Old Testament cannot always be easily reconciled with the Old Testament’s own witness, which constitutes a “fundamental problem.” Its answer is a “major thesis of this book”: the solution lies in “the object toward which these witnesses point, that is, to their subject matter, substance, or res.” (BTONT, p. 80).
In chapter six, entitled “Theological Reflection on the Christian Bible” (arguably the heart of the entire work), Childs applies his theological method to ten biblical themes: 1) The Identity of God; 2) God, the Creator; 3) Covenant, Election, People of God; 4) Christ, the Lord; 5) Reconciliation with God; 6) Law and Gospel; 7) Humanity: Old and New; 8) Biblical Faith; 9) God’s Kingdom and Rule; and 10) The Shape of the Obedient Life: Ethics.
A concrete example will help illustrate Child’s method: let us take the theme of “kingdom” (number 9 above).Read more ›
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The first half of this book is complete critical academic jargon. I don't know why the author even wrote it except to show his scholarship ability and quote other academics. Read morePublished on June 1, 2013 by Michael Maldonado