Concordia Theological Monthly

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historical-critical, old testament, canon, smith, jewish, early christian, faith

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


The author argues that the historical-critical approach to the Scripture leads to unedifying results when the practitioner fails to treat Scripture as the Book of the church, containing the record of God's unique revelation. He argues that the history of the canon has been neglected and that canonical history gives the key to understanding the nature of Scripture as the Book of the church. He concentrates on the canonical shape of the Pentateuch. Although Dr. Childs endorses the major results of the historical-critical approach to the Old Testament, he argues that the historical-critical method is neither the perfect nor the only approach to Biblical studies. All exegesis must be measured in some sense by the Gospel.


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars