The Book That Breathes New Life
Scriptural Authority and Biblical Theology
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: Augsburg Fortress Publishers
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No person on the North American scene has contributed as much to the enterprise of Old Testament theology as has Walter Bruegge-mann. That is indicated foremost, of course, in his monumental work The-ology of the Old Testament: Testimony, Dispute, Advocacy, surely the most creative and original theology of the Old Testament since the work of Gerhard von Rad over forty years ago. This deep commitment to a theo-...
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The matter of biblical authority is ancient, endlessly vexed, and of immense importance in the church. The long history of interpreta-tion is ﬁlled with the problematic of scripture, with ample evidence of skewed interpretation and imposed, interested readings, with here and there a glimpse of genuine, disciplined, and responsive listening. Karl Barth’s famous phrase, “The strange new world within the Bible,” stands as ...
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A book that consists in extant, older materials requires an important team effort. I am glad to thank Patrick D. Miller for his sustained editorial oversight of the volume, Hal Rast to seeing it through to publi-cation, Tia Foley for bringing it all together in a credible way, and Davis Over the period of these essays, Mary Miller Brueggemann has been an ongoing conversation partner, intuitively sensing where Calvinist issues are ...
Biblical Authority in thePostcritical Period
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Each generation of believers and scholars must answer its own particu-lar form of the question of the authority of scripture, for the question is posed differently for different communities in different intellectual and cultural circumstances. The Jewish and Christian religious communities have characteristically accepted the scriptures as revelatory, but have been mostly unclear and largely uninterested in stating precisely in what ways ...
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The issue of the authority of the Bible is a perennial and urgent one for those of us who claim and intend to stake our lives on its attestation. But for all of the perennial and urgent qualities of the question, the issue of biblical authority is bound, in any case, to remain endlessly unsettled and therefore, I believe, perpetually disputatious. It cannot be otherwise, and so we need not hope for a “settlement” of the issue. The unsettling ...
Biblical Authority andthe Church’s Taskof Interpretation
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The church’s discussion about the authority of scripture takes place between 1. The matter of the authority of scripture is normatively settled in the church, and at the same time endlessly problematic. It is normatively set-tled because we are agreed that the Bible is indeed God’s live word which addresses us as the only rule for life and faith. We will use various lan-...
II.Old Testament Theologyin the Twentieth Century
Twentieth-CenturyOld Testament Studies
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The contours of Western cultural history through the twentieth cen-tury are in large sweep identiﬁable: an initial moment of innocence until 1914, the willful barbarism of the two wars (1914–1945), the long tense stand-off of the cold war (1945–1989), and a ﬁnal decade of localism in the presence of “the last superpower” (1989–2000). I do not suggest that the story of critical Old Testament study is dictated or controlled by the forces ...
Biblical Faith as Narrative,Recital, Confession
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The reissue of Gerhard von Rad’s Old Testament Theology is a most welcome event, as welcome as it is important to us. It is clear that von Rad (1901–1971), long-time professor in the University of Heidelberg, is the deﬁning and preeminent interpreter of the Christian Old Testament in the twentieth century, and that this two-volume work is the deﬁnitive publication of his long, proliﬁc scholarly career. Von Rad’s work occupies ...
The Loss and Recoveryof Creation in Old TestamentTheology
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There is no doubt that Old Testament theology, like every critical discipline, is organized around major, shaping models of interpreta-tion.1 And there is no doubt that such major, shaping models arise out of and in response to the social-political-cultural context in which scholar-ship is undertaken. In the present essay, I will explore the way in which a dominant paradigm has dictated the terms of Old Testament theology in ...
The ABCs of Old TestamentTheology in the United States
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The developments of the last ﬁfty years have brought us to a quite new place in Old Testament theology. Here I will reﬂect on these develop-ments in the United States. I believe at the same time, mutatis mutandis, however, that U.S. developments are typical and representative. Reﬂection upon the development of the discipline is important for two reasons: (a) We continue to carry around in our midst all of the older ways of formu-...
Contemporary Old TestamentTheology
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I wish to reﬂect upon recent developments in Old Testament theology in context at the end of the century, of course paying some attention to my own efforts at the project. Old Testament theology is, in principle, problematic because the text itself is not intentionally “theological” in any recognizable or conventional sense, and because those of us who work at it, characteristically Christian, are inevitably caught and pulled (either ...
Biblical TheologyAppropriately Postmodern
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Even so classic a scholar as Horst Dietrich Preus can begin his Old Testament theology with this personal disclaimer, surely unthinkable Each effort to set forth an overview carries with it some of the personal idiosyncrasies or peculiarities of the author. This means that the present investigation contains my own peculiarities and weaknesses and reﬂects Such a disclaimer is representative of a quite new situation in scripture ...
III.A Conversation withOther Theologians
Theology of the OldTestament
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No one can doubt that theological interpretation of the Bible—most especially in the context of a Christian reading—is in a quite new, quite different, and quite demanding interpretive situation. It does not matter to me if that new circumstance is termed “postmodern,” though I have used that term to describe it. What counts is a pluralistic interpre-tive community that permits us to see the polyphonic character of the ...
Israel’s Creation Faith
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In 1994, J. Richard Middleton and I engaged in a dialogue, published in the Harvard Theological Review, on my handling of creation theology in the Old Testament. I am grateful for his careful, critical assessment of my writings on this topic; the gist of his argument should be discernible from my references to his I am grateful to Richard Middleton for having commented upon my work with such care, precision, and generosity. On every point that mat-...
Against the Stream
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Since 1970, when he published Biblical Theology in Crisis, Brevard Childs has authored a series of important books, swimming upstream against the interpretive consensus of critical scripture studies. He has been preoc-cupied with the canonical shape of the text, though in his several books, he has approached canonical matters from a variety of directions. Apparently, he has been exploring how best to articulate and respond to the interpre-...
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When Walter Brueggemann wrote his Theology of the Old Testament,he was very much aware that the ﬁeld appears to be stalled in an impasse. No recent volume comparable in inﬂuence to Walther Eichrodt’s in the 1930s or Gerhard von Rad’s in the 1950s has appeared. In response to this lacuna he mounts a case for the urgent need of a fresh approach, ...
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Index of Names
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Index of Biblical References
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Page Count: 252
Publication Year: 2011