Academic journal article Baptist History and Heritage

Baptists and Old Testament Scholarship. (Editorial)

Academic journal article Baptist History and Heritage

Baptists and Old Testament Scholarship. (Editorial)

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Baptists have been from the beginning a people of the Bible, a people of the Book.

Rejecting creeds and councils and tradition as having final authority, the first Baptists of the 1600s appealed to Scripture for the final authority. They peppered their tracts, confessions, and sermons with copious references to the Bible, perhaps even to the point of proof-texting. This rich tradition of commitment to the Bible as Holy Scripture extends fight to the present in the life of Baptists. It should come as no surprise that the Baptist commitment to the Bible as Holy Scripture made study of the biblical text central to the mission of Baptist colleges and seminaries. Baptists have studied the Bible, argued about it, divided over it, and, more importantly, had a profound loyalty to its message, even when they disagree about what that message is.

This winter edition of Baptist History and Heritage explores Baptist scholarship and the study of the Old Testament. Baptists have a rich tradition of formal study of the Hebrew Scriptures, a tradition that grew significantly with the rise of modern biblical scholarship in the late 1800s. Baptists in North America and Europe had important Old Testament scholars in their ranks, and this issue explores the life and contributions of several of these people.

One can hardly consider the story of Baptist Old Testament scholarship without exploring the work and life of Crawford Toy, the highly known but largely understudied Old Testament professor dismissed from Southern Seminary. …

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