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Brevard S. Childs Biblical Theology Collection (2 vols.)

by Childs, Brevard S.

Fortress Press 1990–2002

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Overview

This collection of volumes from Brevard Childs presents a succinct overview of biblical theology as a discipline and Childs’ significant contributions to the field, as well as an in-depth presentation of his unique canonical approach to Old Testament theology. In the concise Biblical Theology: A Proposal, Childs orients readers to biblical theology’s history and development and presents his thesis on how to read all of Scripture as a unified work. In Old Testament Theology in a Canonical Context, Childs moves beyond the concerns of biblical criticism that have dominated Old Testament scholarship for so long and focuses on how the Old Testament’s canonical shape contributes to the fundamental message of the Hebrew Scriptures as a unified witness.

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For more from Brevard Childs, be sure to get his landmark Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments and his foundational Introduction to the Old Testament as Scripture in the Fortress Press Hebrew Bible Collection.

Key Features

  • A historical overview of biblical theology’s development
  • A summary of Brevard Childs’ thought and contributions to biblical theology
  • A presentation of the canonical approach to Old Testament theology from its most notable proponent

Praise for Brevard Childs

It would be hard to overestimate the influence of the work of the late Brevard Childs. From his early work . . . through his seminal Introduction to the Old Testament as Scripture and his Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments, Childs set a forth a rigorous and well-thought-out program for interpreting Scripture theologically.

Theological Interpretation of Scripture

I can think of no person who made a greater contribution to the work of unifying the Bible, theology, and church life . . .

Christopher R. Seitz, professor of biblical interpretation, Wycliffe College, University of Toronto

Individual Titles

Biblical Theology: A Proposal

  • Author: Brevard S. Childs
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 96

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

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.

Old Testament Theology in a Canonical Context

  • Author: Brevard S. Childs
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 272

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

In this important work, Child’s thesis is that a canonical approach to the scriptures of the Old Testament opens up new possibilities for exploring the theological dimensions of the biblical text. Rather than seeking the sources, redactors, or communities “behind” the text at the expense of the text itself, the canonical approach seeks to understand the theological message of the Old Testament as a unified book through its canonical shape. After providing an introduction to the history and development of biblical theology, Childs presents major sections and themes in the Old Testament and the insights gained from viewing them in their canonical context.

Brevard Childs has provoked more passionate response than any American Old Testament scholar of his generation. Like Childs’ previous books, this one meets with its share of criticism because it is both provocative and interesting. It deserves to be widely read.

The Christian Century

As much, if not more than any other scholar, Childs knows the issues which historical criticism has pointed out. But his emphasis is on the attitude and doctrines that come from the Hebrew Bible as a whole . . . He points out a way that is both provocative and challenging.

Roland E. Murphy, former George Washington Ivey Professor of Biblical Studies Emeritus, Duke University

. . . packed with responsible help for preachers . . . a treasure house of suggestions for weaving together the various canonical witnesses.

Biblical Theology Bulletin

Product Details

  • Title: Brevard S. Childs Collection
  • Author: Brevard S. Childs
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Volumes: 2
  • Pages: 368

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.