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The Canonical Approach

Author : Paul R. Noble
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Through analysing Brevard Childs' 'canonical approach' to biblical interpretation, this book explores some of the central problems in biblical methodology and hermeneutics. The author's novel solutions suggest how Childs' programme can be set upon a sounder methodological basis.

Biblical Criticism in Crisis

Author : Mark G. Brett
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This book suggests that Old Testament scholars should strengthen their growing links with neighbouring academic disciplines and encourage a number of interpretative interests within biblical studies. Given such a pluralistic context, the author's contention is that the 'canonical' approach to Old Testament study will have a distinctive contribution to make to the discipline without necessarily displacing other traditions of historical and literary inquiry, as many scholars have assumed. Dr Brett offers a comprehensive critique of the canonical approach as developed by Brevard Childs, and examines the development of Childs's exegetical practice, his hermeneutical theory, and the many critical responses which his work has elicited. In responding to these criticisms, the author examines the most problematic aspects of the canonical approach (notably Childs's inadequate reply to those who emphasize the ideological conflicts that lie behind biblical texts in their final form) and seeks to reconstruct the approach in light of contemporary discussions of interpretation in literary theory and the social sciences.

Introduction to Old Testament Theology

Author : John H. Sailhamer
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The author's purpose for Introduction to Old Testament Theology is to show how different approaches to the Old Testament can be brought together into a single theology. The author develops his own distinctive approach which he calls canonical theology.

Canonical Hermeneutics

Author : Charles J. Scalise
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This study offered an analysis of the theological context of Childs' canonical hermeneutics, demonstrating and defending the following thesis: The canonical approach of Brevard S. Childs is in large measure an extension of the theological hermeneutics of Karl Barth. For Childs the historical critical reconstruction of Scripture is subordinated to its theological meaning as discerned from the pattern of its canonical shape. Childs' hermeneutical strategy, like that of Barth, enables the recovery of continuity with precritical interpretation, while incorporating the results of modern historical study. Chapter 1 traced the development of Childs' proposal and described the nature of his canonical approach. Childs' interpretation of Deuteronomy and Exodus provided concrete illustrations. The debate concerning canon as a theological and hermeneutical construct was examined, with attention to the status of canon as theological claim and its relationships to community, postcritical interpretation, and structuralism. Chapter 2 argued that Barth's hermeneutics provide the appropriate theological context for understanding Childs' approach. Following a discussion of Barth's theological exegesis, the importance of canon for his biblical interpretation was examined, and the relationship between Childs and Barth was explored in detail. Three Barthian theological themes--(1) the Bible as the witness to revelation, (2) opposition to existentialist hermeneutics, and (3) the rejection of anthropocentric theology--were then utilized to illuminate the relationships between Childs and some of his major critics. Chapter 3 analyzed the significance of history of exegesis for Childs' approach. It was argued that the idea of patterns of exegesis describes a major way in which both Barth and Childs seek to re-establish postcritical continuity with precritical interpretation. The chapter concluded with discussion of historical, literary, and theological questions arising from Childs' emphasis upon the final form of the text. Chapter 4 clarified some larger theological implications of Childs' canonical hermeneutics through a cross-disciplinary dialogue with the philosophical hermeneutics of Hans-Georg Gadamer and Paul Ricoeur. It was argued that theology provides a common meeting ground for a productive dialogue between biblical interpretation and philosophical hermeneutics. The conclusion offered a critical evaluation of Childs' approach and speculated upon future directions for canonical hermeneutics.

Interpreting Habakkuk as Scripture

Author : G. Michael O'Neal
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This book draws together two current issues in Old Testament study: canonical analysis and the minor prophets. G. Michael O'Neal applies the canonical approach of Brevard S. Childs to the book of Habakkuk, resulting not only in an evaluation of Childs's method, but also providing new insights into the canonical shape and theological message of Habakkuk. The findings of textual, historical, literary, formal, and redactional criticisms inform the study. However, O'Neal goes beyond these findings to ascertain the canonical shape of Habakkuk and to illustrate how this shape informs an understanding of the book's theological message.

The Canonical Approach to Old Testament Study

Author : Mark Gregory Brett
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Hermeneutics as Theological Prolegomena

Author : Charles J. Scalise
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Canon and Exegesis

Author : William John Lyons
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Previous attempts to critique the canonical approach of Brevard Childs have remained largely theoretical in nature. One of the weakness of canonical criticism, then, is its failure to have generated new readings of extended biblical passages. Reviewing the hermeneutics and the praxis of Childs' approach, Lyons then turns to the Sodom narrative (Gen 18-19) as a test of a practical exegesis according to Childs' principles, and then to reflect critically upon the reading experience generated. Surprisingly, the canonical reading produced is a wholly new one, centred around the complex, irreducible-even contradictory-request of Abraham for Yahweh to do justice (18:23-25).

Kinship by Covenant

Author : Scott Hahn
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While the canonical scriptures were produced over many centuries and represent a diverse library of texts, they are unified by stories of divine covenants and their implications for God's people. In this book, Scott Hahn shows how covenant, as an overarching theme, makes possible a coherent reading of the diverse traditions found within the canonical scriptures. Biblical covenants, though varied in form and content, all serve the purpose of extending sacred bonds of kinship, Hahn explains. Specifically, divine covenants form and shape a father-son bond between God and the chosen people. Biblical narratives turn on that fact, and biblical theology depends upon it. The author demonstrates how divine sonship represents a covenant relationship with God that has been consistent throughout salvation history. --From publisher's description.

The Canonical Approach

Author : Paul R. NOBLE
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Theological Exegesis in the Canonical Context

Author : Chen Xun
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Modern Christian theology has been problematic with the schism between the Bible and theology, and between biblical studies and systematic theology. Brevard Springs Childs is one of those biblical scholars who dismiss this «iron curtain» separating the two disciplines. Theological Exegesis in the Canonical Context: Brevard Springs Childs's Methodology of Biblical Theology analyzes Childs's concept of theological exegesis in the biblical canons. Childs disregards negative influences of the historical-critical method by establishing canon-based theological exegesis that leads into confessional biblical theology. He demonstrates forcefully the inadequacies of the historical-critical method in practicing biblical theology. His canonical approach establishes post-critical Christian biblical theology and works within the traditional framework of faith seeking understanding. Childs's biblical theology has a double task: descriptive and constructive, the former connects biblical theology with exegesis, the latter with dogmatics. He uses a comprehensive model that combines a thematic investigation of the essential theological contents of the Bible with a systematic analysis of the contents of the Christian faith. Childs's theological exegesis in the canonical context offers a new interpretation in the modern history of Christian theology.

Christ and the New Creation

Author : Matthew Y. Emerson
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In Christ and the New Creation, Matthew Emerson takes a fresh approach to understanding New Testament theology by using a canonical methodology. Although typically confined to Old Testament theology, Emerson sees fruitfulness in applying this method to New Testament theology as well. Instead of a thematic or book-by-book analysis, Emerson attempts to trace the primary theological message of the New Testament through paying attention to its narrative and canonical shape. He concludes that the order of the books of the New Testament emphasize the story of Christ's inauguration, commissioning, and consummation of the new creation.

A Study of the Impact on Preaching of the Canonical Approach to the Interpretation of Scripture

Author : William G. Nigh
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The Canonical Approach to the Old Testament An Exegetical and Theological Investigation of Malachi 3 22 24 and Psalms 1 2

Author : Rand Michael Muender
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It is through this new methodology, which is exegetical and theological in nature, that any text can be evaluated based upon its syntactical structure and its semantic domain. With the use of grammar and exegetical tools, the interpretation of the text comes directly from the text alone. Since the embodiment of the revelation of God is the source of truth and theology, the text speaks to the reader through the events of history and future revealing a consistent hermeneutic throughout the Old Testament.

Old Testament Theology in a Canonical Context

Author : Brevard S. Childs
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In this important work, Child's thesis is that a canonical approach to the scriptures of the Old Testament opens up new possibilities for exploring the theological dimensions of the biblical text.

Interpreting Habakkuk as Scripture

Author : Guy Michael O'Neal
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The Bible as Christian Scripture

Author : Christopher R. Seitz
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This memorial volume both displays and evaluates the canonical approach of Brevard S. Childs, whose attention to history through time animated his interest in the Bible’s use in the church through the ages up to and including the present. Just as Childs wrote on a wide range of topics canonical and theological—both Testaments, Isaiah and Exodus, the Pauline letters, the history of biblical interpretation, biblical theology, and historical, theological, and methodological questions—the contributors to this volume, seasoned colleagues as well as younger scholars who studied with Childs, offer an international collection of historical, theological, and New Testament essays as well as contributions focused on the Old Testament. The contributors are Stephen B. Chapman, Brevard S. Childs, Don Collett, Daniel R. Driver, Mark W. Elliott, Leonard G. Finn, Mark Gignilliat, Bernd Janowski, Jörg Jeremias, Leander E. Keck, Neil B. MacDonald, David L. Petersen, Murray A. Rae, C. Kavin Rowe, and Christopher R. Seitz.

Canonical Theology

Author : Peckham
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A theological case for the central, unique role of Scripture as canon What is the role of canon and community respectively when it comes to understanding and articulating Christian doctrine? Should the church be the doctrinal arbiter in the twenty-first century? In Canonical Theology John Peckham tackles this complex, ongoing discussion by shedding light on issues surrounding the biblical canon and the role of the community for theology and practice. Peckham addresses the relationship of canon, community, and theology by examining the nature of the biblical canon, the proper relationship of Scripture and tradition, and the interpretation and application of Scripture for theology. He lays out a compelling canonical approach to systematic theology -- including an explanation of his method, a step-by-step account of how to practice it, and an example of what theology derived from this canonical approach looks like.

An Analysis of the Canonical Approach of Brevard Childs

Author : Claire Johnson
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Seventy Sevens Are Decreed

Author : Ronald Haydon
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Few passages in the Old Testament are as enigmatic as Daniel 9:24-27. It makes sense, therefore, that a myriad of interpretations surround these four verses. Expanding on Brevard Childs's brief work on Daniel, Haydon responds to this question with a canonical approach to Dan 9:24-27: reading a text that is shaped to include future generations of faithful interpreters. The first part lays the groundwork for a canonical approach. Whereas most biblical scholars read Daniel 9 through the lens of historical- and composition-critical tools, Childs and his readers frame the chapter within the larger theological message of the book. The second section is an interpretation of 9:24-27 in its canonical context, doing exegetical and theological work in tandem. Daniel 9:24-27 is, of course, an apocalyptic text leading the reader through the Antiochene crisis and beyond. The theology of the chapter, however, asks us to look back to the Law and the Prophets: Leviticus 25-26 and Jeremiah 25-29 are integral to Daniel 9. Traditions begun in the preceding corpora--rest, sin-debt, and kingdom (Lev 26:34-35; Jer 25:10-12, 29:10-14)--find their culmination in Dan 9:24-27. Haydon's study brings these texts to bear on the "seventy sevens" in Daniel 9:24. After a careful study of the phrase's background, we discover that the construction refers to more than a number or even a single event. This time-image points to a larger pattern of rulership wherein leaders rise and fall (vv. 25-26), while the Ancient of Days remains the true King. Ambiguity also plays a part: Daniel 9:24-27 lacks historical detail for a reason--namely, to create an interpretive space that a faith community can occupy. The final form of Dan 9:24-27 is a theological construct allowing multiple generations to live in expectation of God's rule. A biblical theology of Daniel 9:24-27, moving into the New Testament and contemporary Christian reception, concludes Haydon's study.