We have here an interpretation of the Old Testament in the light of the latest trends in Biblical criticism. As the author,...

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FROM FAITH TO FAITH

We have here an interpretation of the Old Testament in the light of the latest trends in Biblical criticism. As the author, professor of Old Testament at Yale, states, the tendency of Biblical criticism during the last hundred years has been to dissect the Bible and point out the separate and distinct strands of material that have been woven together to produce the Scriptures as we now have them. Old Testament scholars have pointed out the divergencies between the ""J"" material, the ""E"" material and the ""P"" material. They have earmarked the verses which belong to these several alphabetized source materials and have fixed approximate dates for each one. Professor Napier would rather stress the unity of the Old Testament. While not denying the validity of what perhaps will now be called the older criticism, he maintains that the disparateness of the Old Testament writings has been greatly over-emphasized. He contends that the Old Testament, as is, with the various strands of material woven together and interpreted, gives a consistent and unified description of the faith of Israel in the various stages of its development. In line with this approach Napier examines the various types of literature in the Old Testament: Myth and Legend (Genesis); History (I Samuel and I Kings); Prophecy (Isaiah) and Law (Leviticus and Deuteronomy) and interprets them in terms of the major emphases of the faith of Israel: creation, covenant and redemption. Avowedly not a critical introduction to the Old Testament but rather an interpretation in the light of more recent trends in the study of the Old Testament. The trend here represented has been accelerated by the new emphasis upon theology and the Barthian concept of the ""Word of God"". Interesting and illuminating for Bible students.

Pub Date: Aug. 10, 1955

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Publisher: Harper

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 1955