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.
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 Abbreviations||11|
|1.||Biblical Theology: Retrospect and Prospect||15|
|Part 1||The Question of the "Old Testament" The Foundation of Biblical Theology|
|2.||Biblical Theology and the Composition of the Hebrew Bible||25|
|3.||Genesis 1--4: The Genesis of Old Testament Instruction||38|
|4.||Genesis 2:1-17: A Foreshadowing of the New Creation||53|
|5.||Geography and Genealogy, Dominion and Dynasty: A Theology of the Hebrew Bible||66|
|6.||What is "Canonical" About a Canonical Biblical Theology? Genesis as a Case Study of Recent Old Testament Proposals||83|
|7.||Psalms and Psalter: Paradigm for Biblical Theology||100|
|8.||Figural Representation and Canonical Unity||111|
|Part 2||The 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 Testament||129|
|10.||Diversity and Unity in the New Testament||144|
|11.||The New Testament and New Creation||159|
|12.||My Experience with Biblical Theology||174|
|Part 3||The Unity of the Bible: The Challenge of Biblical Theology|
|13.||Two Testaments and the Failure of One Tradition History||195|
|14.||Dialogic Conceptions of Language and the Problem of Biblical Unity||212|
|15.||The Conceptual Structure of New Testament Theology||225|
|16.||Progressive Dispensationalism and the Law/Gospel Contrast: A Case Study in Biblical Theology||237|
|17.||The Future of Biblical Theology||250|
|Part 4||Biblical Theology: Prospect|
|18.||Biblical Theology and the Wholeness of Scripture: Steps Toward a Program for the Future||267|
|19.||Biblical Theology as the Heartbeat of Effective Ministry||280|
|List of Contributors||299|