Biblical theology of the Old and New Testaments: theological reflection on the Christian Bible

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SCM Press, 1992 - Religion - 745 pages
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This monumental work is the first comprehensive biblical theology to appear in many years and is the culmination of Brevard Child's lifelong commitment to constructing a biblical theology that surmounts objections to the discipline raised over the past generation. Childs rejects any approaches that overstress either the continuity or discontinuity between the Old and New Testaments. He refuses to follow the common pattern in Christian thought of identifying biblical theology with the New Testament's interest in the Old. Rather, Childs maps out an approach that reflects on the whole Christian Bible with its two very different voices, each of which retains continuing integrity and is heard on its own terms.

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Contents

The History of the Discipline of Biblical Theology
3
Current Models for Biblical Theology
11
Classic Earlier Christian Approaches to Biblical
30
Augustine
36
Martin Luther
43
The Problem of the Christian Bible
55
A Canonical Approach to Biblical Theology
70
From Witness to Subject Matter
80
The Hermeneutical Problem of the Historical Study
211
The Churchs Earliest Proclamation
219
The Pauline Gospel
233
The Formation of the Gospels
251
The Four Gospels
262
The Witness of Acts to the Mission of the Church
288
The PostPauline Age
295
The Akedah
325

Canonical Categories for Structuring a Biblical
91
Methodological Problems
97
Creation
107
Creation Tradition within the Rest of the Old Testament
113
HI From Eden to Babel
119
Mosaic Traditions
130
The Possession of the Land and the Settlement
143
The Tradition of the Judges
149
The Divided Kingdom
157
The Prophetic Tradition
167
The Apocalyptic Tradition
181
The Wisdom Tradition
187
The Theological Problem of Old Testament
196
The Move from History to Language
204
The Parable of the Wicked Tenants
337
The Identity of God
351
God the Creator
384
Covenant Election People of God
413
The New Testament Witness to People of God
428
Christ the Lord
452
Reconciliation with God
485
Law and Gospel
532
Old and New
566
Biblical Faith
595
Gods Kingdom and Rule
624
Index of Authors
728
Index of Biblical References selected
741
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About the author (1992)

Brevard S. Childs is Sterling Professor of Divinity and Fellow of Davenport College, The Divinity School, Yale University, and author of Biblical Theology in Crisis and the book of Exodus.

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