Old Testament Theology: Basic Issues in the Current Debate

Old Testament Theology: Basic Issues in the Current Debate

Old Testament Theology: Basic Issues in the Current Debate

Old Testament Theology: Basic Issues in the Current Debate

Synopsis

Newly revised, updated, and enlarged, this edition of a standard survey clearly sets forth and analyzes the major trends in contemporary Old Testament scholarship. In the revision, Hasel has incorporated significant scholarship since 1982 and has expanded his remarkable bibliography.

Excerpt

The subject of OT theology remains at the center of the most debated issues in the study of the OT. Here the questions of objectivity/subjectivity, “what it meant/what it means,” Christian and/or Jewish OT theology, the descriptive and/or normative nature of OT theology, “above the fray” and/or “in the fray,” transcendence and/or immanence, confessional or nonconfessional OT theology, and the like remain of core importance. Such matters as whether OT theology is a historical or a theological discipline remain hotly debated, although it appears that there is a growing trend in the direction of affirming it as a theological enterprise. How do the shifts from a historical paradigm to a literary and/or structuralist paradigm in the study of the OT reflect on OT theology? The new emphasis on “canon criticism” and the “canonical approach” have had an impact on the doing of OT theology. These and many other items are part of this new edition.

It is certain that the volume of material in English, German, French, Spanish, and Italian, to mention but these languages, on the topic of OT theology and its subject areas has increased in the last few years as never before. Thus it has been necessary to produce this fourth revised, updated, and enlarged edition. Nearly a decade has passed since the third edition had been produced and several reprintings had been necessary. All of this testifies to the wide use of this volume by . . .

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