The Old Testament and Christian Faith: A Theological Discussion

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5 Everywhere the Scripture Is about Christ Alone1.

WILHELM VISCHER*.

In Christianity "man's relation to God is bound to the person of Jesus."2 The question arises whether this also holds true for the Old Testament. Only in that case can it be God's revelation for the Christian faith. Bultmann denies this.

The proof of a historical development of Israel's religion leading up to the religion of Jesus cannot be adequate for the Christian faith (pp. 8-13). This is correct. But is Bultmann right when he insists that the approach that inquires into the relation of the New Testament religion to that of the Old is "not relevant for Christian theology" (p. 12)? This would mean that 99 per cent of biblical scholarship, including the greater part of Bultmann's lifework, is irrelevant. This is not altogether impossible. It depends entirely on whether or not that approach points to an

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Translated by Thomas Wieser
1
"Universa scriptura de solo Christo est ubique." Luthers Vorlesung über den Römerbrief, 1515/1516, Johannes Fricker, ed. ( 1908), at Romans 15:15- 16
2
R. Bultmann, "The Significance of the Old Testament for the Christian Faith," supra, p. 11. [Unless otherwise indicated, quotations are from this essay.--ED.]

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