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Theological Diversity and the Authority of the Old Testament

, 1987
ISBN: 9780802802293

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In Theological Diversity and the Authority of the Old Testament, John Goldingay examines how the diverse viewpoints reflected in the Old Testament may be acknowledged, interrelated, and allowed to function theologically. In doing so, he analyzes as well as synthesizes, treating both the biblical text and scholarly interpretations.

Following an introductory overview of the theological diversity in the Old Testament and the questions raised by this diversity, Goldingay examines three approaches: the contextual or historical approach, the evaluative or critical approach, and the unifying or constructive approach. In each case he devotes one chapter to explaining the particular approach, and immediately follows with a chapter applying that approach to a particular Old Testament theme.

A thoroughly researched and original work, this book will appeal to students and scholars interested in ways of moving from acknowledgment of diversity in the Old Testament to a creative but disciplined recognition that those diverse viewpoints belong to one canon.

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  • Discusses the theological diversity of the Old Testament
  • Explores how to interrelate the diverse viewpoints represented in the Old Testament
  • Analyzes how the varied viewpoints can function theologically
  • A Contextual or Historical Approach
    • Can We Explain Diverse Theologies by their Contexts?
    • A Contextualizing Study of “the People of God” in the Old Testament
  • An Evaluative or Critical Approach
    • Can We Affirm Some Viewpoints and Criticize Others?
    • An Evaluative Study of the Teaching of Deuteronomy
  • A Unifying or Constructive Approach
    • Can We Formulate One Old Testament Theology?
    • A Unifying Approach to “Creation” and “Salvation” in the Old Testament
A book that is bold, daring, and compelling in its argument . . . a serious and formidable theological statement that is neither insensitive to critical problems nor immobilized by them. . . . Goldingay not only talks about biblical theology, but does it—and with power!

Walter Brueggemann, professor emeritus of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary

  • Title: Theological Diversity and the Authority of the Old Testament
  • Author: John Goldingay
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Publication Date: 1987
  • Pages: 317

John Goldingay has been at Fuller Theological Seminary since 1997 and currently serves as the David Allan Hubbard Professor of Old Testament in the School of Theology. Before coming to Fuller, Goldingay was principal and a professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at St. John’s Theological College in Nottingham, England. He is the author of several books, including Old Testament Theology vol. 1, After Eating the Apricot, and Models for Scripture, as well as commentaries on Daniel, Isaiah, and Psalms. He holds membership in the Society of Biblical Literature and serves on the editorial board for the Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies.


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