The turn of the millennium appears to be a good time for a fresh assessment of the discipline of Biblical Theology, where it has been, the status of various questions within it and its future prospects. Scott Hafemann pulls together a stellar team of practitioners, scholars from the disciplines of both Old and New Testament studies, to give us a status report.
“As a result, biblical theology attempts to ascertain the inner points of coherence and development within the biblical narrative and exposition. It does its work inductively from within the Bible in an attempt to bring out the Bible’s own message.” (Page 16)
“As scholars note, the word blessing occurs five times in the three verses of the call narrative (Gen 12:1–3) in sharp contrast to the fivefold curse mentioned in Genesis 1–11 (Gen 3:14, 17; 4:11; 5:29; 9:25).” (Page 71)
“If context is king when it comes to theological exegesis, we cannot escape the fact that the context of Scripture also includes its developing canonical shape as the depository of tradition history.” (Page 18)
“Not only do the books of the Hebrew Bible have authors, but also the Hebrew Bible as a whole and as a canon is the product of composition and authorship.” (Page 30)
“There thus appears to have been at least two contending final shapes of the Tanak.” (Page 35)