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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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About the Author

Brevard S. Childs is Sterling Professor of Divinity and Fellow of Davenport College at Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Connecticut. He is the author of two volumes in the WJK Old Testament Library series: "The Book of Exodus" and "Isaiah". --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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  • Series: Biblical Theology of Old and New Testament Theological Reflection of the Christian Bible
  • Hardcover: 772 pages
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress Publishers (April 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800626753
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800626754
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,024,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
As a conservative evangelical I was afraid to see what Childs had to say regarding the theological role of the Bible. However, after finishing this daunting book, I found many thought-provoking insights and interesting conclusions that may challenge Christians (especially those of the fundamentalist stripe) to re-think how they do biblical theology. Childs book is really divided into two main sections: The first section deals with theological methodology and the canonical shape of both testaments. The second section deals with the theological themes of the Bible. Many will find the first section quite dry and tedious (although his chapters [2 and 3] on models of biblical theology are quite interesting and informative). Here Childs deals with methodological and canonical issues that shaped the Christian bible. He gets into the details of the sources of the beliefs that shaped the religion of Israel and the early church. Depending on what your interests are you may find this section quite useful or useless. The second section is what many may find interesting and illuminating. He deals with major topics of biblical theology like God, covenant, law and gospel, humanity, etc. Many traditional and conservative readers may not like some of the conclusions Childs draws but one cannot ignore them as irrelevant to the church's theological mission. Childs' main sticking argument is the theological and canonical integrity of the OT in light of the revelation of Christ in the NT. How does the Christian understand the OT as a Christian text without doing damage to the textual and theological integrity of the OT? This is a common question Childs like to bring up in the book.Read more ›
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Format: Paperback
What is the relation between the Bible and Theology? What is the goal of the enterprise called Biblical Theology? What method respects the proper nature of that which has been handed down and received as normative for a community of faith?

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).
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Excellent book on Old Testament Theology
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This book is an exellent choice for every serious student of Biblical Theology. The author provides a broad view of the concept, plus gives a very balanced insight on the current models to approach Biblical Theology. This book will surely be a great addition to your library!
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