Biblical Theology: Retrospect and Prospect

Biblical Theology: Retrospect and Prospect



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Biblical Theology: Retrospect and Prospect by Scott J. Hafemann

Ever since Brevard Childs's 1970 declaration of the crisis in biblical theology, the discipline has faced rumors of its imminent demise. But the patient refuses to die. The doctors continue to argue over how to proceed with treatment and even over whether treatment is worth pursuing, but the patient hangs on. The turn of the millennium appears to be a good time for a fresh assessment of the discipline, where it has been, the status of various questions within it and its future prospects. Scott Hafemann pulls together a crack team of practitioners, scholars from the disciplines of both Old and New Testament studies, to give us a status report.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780851112794
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 01/01/2002
Pages: 304

About the Author

Hafemann (Th.D., Tübingen) is the Mary F. Rockefeller Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. Prior to joining the faculty of Gordon-Conwell, he served from 1995 to 2004 as the Gerald F. Hawthorne Professor of New Testament Greek and Exegesis at Wheaton College and Graduate School in Wheaton, Illinois.

His books include Suffering and the Ministry of the Spirit; Paul, Moses and the History of Israel; an NIV Application Commentary on 2 Corinthians; and The God of Promise and the Life of Faith: Understanding the Heart of the Bible.

He has written several books, including Paul, Moses and the History of Israel and God of Promise and the Life of Faith.

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations11
1.Biblical Theology: Retrospect and Prospect15
Part 1The Question of the "Old Testament" The Foundation of Biblical Theology
2.Biblical Theology and the Composition of the Hebrew Bible25
3.Genesis 1--4: The Genesis of Old Testament Instruction38
4.Genesis 2:1-17: A Foreshadowing of the New Creation53
5.Geography and Genealogy, Dominion and Dynasty: A Theology of the Hebrew Bible66
6.What is "Canonical" About a Canonical Biblical Theology? Genesis as a Case Study of Recent Old Testament Proposals83
7.Psalms and Psalter: Paradigm for Biblical Theology100
8.Figural Representation and Canonical Unity111
Part 2The Witness of the "New Testament" The Culmination of Biblical Theology
9.Jesus' Vision for the Restoration of Israel as the Basis for a Biblical Theology of the New Testament129
10.Diversity and Unity in the New Testament144
11.The New Testament and New Creation159
12.My Experience with Biblical Theology174
Part 3The Unity of the Bible: The Challenge of Biblical Theology
13.Two Testaments and the Failure of One Tradition History195
14.Dialogic Conceptions of Language and the Problem of Biblical Unity212
15.The Conceptual Structure of New Testament Theology225
16.Progressive Dispensationalism and the Law/Gospel Contrast: A Case Study in Biblical Theology237
17.The Future of Biblical Theology250
Part 4Biblical Theology: Prospect
18.Biblical Theology and the Wholeness of Scripture: Steps Toward a Program for the Future267
19.Biblical Theology as the Heartbeat of Effective Ministry280
Subject Index287
Scripture Index289
List of Contributors299

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