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Old Testament Theology in a Canonical Context

ISBN: 0800607723

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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.

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  • Analyzes the Old Testament from a canonical perspective
  • Focuses on the theological message of the Old Testament through canon, rather than sources
  • Provides an overview of the history and development of biblical theology and canon
  • Introduction to Old Testament Theology
  • The Old Testament As Revelation
  • How God Is Known
  • God’s Purpose in Revelation
  • The Law of God
  • Knowing and Doing the Will of God
  • The Theological Significance of the Decalogue
  • The Role of the Ritual and Purity Laws
  • The Recipients of God’s Revelation
  • Agents of God’s Rule: Moses, Judges, Kings
  • The Office and Function of the Prophet
  • True and False Prophets
  • The Theological Role of Priesthood
  • Benefits of the Covenant: The Cultus
  • Structures of the Common Life
  • Male and Female As a Theological Problem
  • The Theological Dimension of Being Human
  • The Shape of the Obedient Life
  • Life Under Threat
  • Life Under Promise
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

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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