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
About Brevard S. Childs
Brevard S. Childs (1923–2007) was the Sterling Professor of Divinity Emeritus at Yale Divinity School. He authored several books, including his landmark Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments and his foundational Introduction to the Old Testament as Scripture.