The idea for this "panel discussion" arose during a conversation in a Gasthaus in Marburg, Germany, on which occasion Dr. Rudolf Bultmann was the genial host. When asked casually whether he would be willing for one of his essays to lead off a scholarly discussion about the relevance of the Old Testament for the Christian Faith, he not only immediately welcomed the suggestion but took a lively interest in helping to shape a roster of participants. With his characteristic passion for truth he was particularly eager to include scholars who disagreed with his own point of view, so that by means of debate the Church could face with theological seriousness the problem of the Old Testament itself.
I should like to express appreciation to the distinguished members of this international panel who have taken the time, in the midst of their many responsibilities, to contribute to this discussion. Also I owe a debt of thanks to others who have helped to make the project possible: to those who have undertaken the labor of translation; to my colleagues, Dr. Franz Hildebrandt and Dr. Karlfried Fröhlich, who have assisted me with my own translations and at other points; and to my graduate assistant, Mrs. Elise B. Wilson, for her editorial work. And last but not least, a special word of appreciation should be expressed to Melvin Arnold of Harper & Row, who has taken a keen interest in this