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Biblical Theology: A Proposal

ISBN: 0800634810


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Brevard S. Childs has played a unique role in biblical studies with his strong emphasis on the role of canon for defining both the processes and final form of the biblical witness. This volume briefly addresses some of the approaches to biblical theology undertaken throughout history, along with their strengths and weaknesses. Childs also deals with the shape of the Hebrew and Greek canon, the theological questions raised by having a canon, the issues relating to two testaments in the Christian Bible, and the proper subject matter of a biblical theology. In coming to his own proposal, Childs emphasizes several key points: Israel’s role in receiving God’s will, the repeated reshaping of Israel’s traditions throughout history, the theological functions of great revelatory events in Israel’s history, the New Testament’s witness to God’s redemptive work in Jesus, and the continuities and discontinuities between the two testaments. Every student of the Bible will want to actively engage Childs’s proposal.

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  • Discusses a variety of theological questions related to canonization
  • Proposes several points in relation to canon and theological function
  • Provides a brief overview of approaches to biblical theology throughout history
  • The History of Biblical Theology As a Discipline
  • The Problem of the Christian Bible
  • A Canonical Approach to Biblical Theology
  • From Witness to Subject Matter
  • Canonical Categories for Structuring a Biblical Theology
  • Title: Biblical Theology: A Proposal
  • Author: Brevard S. Childs
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 96
  • Christian Group: Reformed
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Topic: Canon

Brevard S. Childs (1923–2007), Old Testament professor at Yale University from 1958 until he retired in 1999. Childs had a significant positive influence in biblical theology by insisting that interpreters should be Christians who view the text as Scripture and regard the final form of the canon as the norm for interpretation. However, he held to many liberal views about Scripture, denying that Moses wrote the Pentateuch and seeing elements of pagan mythology in the Bible.


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    Though the description doesn't clearly tell, this is an excerpt from and may serve as an introduction to the work and thinking of Brevard Childs


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