Interest in the place of the Old Testament in the theology of the Christian church has been rising in recent years and has...

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THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH AND THE OLD TESTAMENT

Interest in the place of the Old Testament in the theology of the Christian church has been rising in recent years and has called forth a number of studies addressed to the question raised in this brief volume by a Dutch scholar: ""How does the Christian Church evaluate and use the Old Testament?"" He begins with recognizing the fact that the Church never really has ""known what is God's intention for the Old Testament in Christian salvation."" Various answers to the question, given at different times in the history of the church, and now by a variety of Old and New Testament scholars, are reviewed, and the major issues involved in the question are discussed. These include such questions as that of whether--or to what extent--the God of the Old Testament is to be identified with the God of the New; in what way God may be said to be active and present in Israel; the way in which Christ is or is not foreshadowed in the Old Testament; and the question that gathers up all of these: whether the New Testament is only a continuation of the Old, or represents some sort of radical disjuncture as well. The scholarship invested in this study is acute and inclusive, and the style, in translation, clear and readable for those who are and who are not experts in the field. The book makes a helpful and substantial contribution to the present reappraisal of the Old Testament.

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 1966

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Publisher: Eerdmans

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 1966