Ever since Brevard Childs's 1970 declaration of the crisis in biblical theology, the discipline has faced rumors of its imminent demise. But the patient refuses to die. The doctors continue to argue over how to proceed with treatment and even over whether treatment is worth pursuing, but the patient hangs on.
The turn of the millennium appears to be a good time for a fresh assessment of the discipline, where it has been, the status of various questions within it and its future prospects. Scott Hafemann pulls together a crack team of practitioners, scholars from the disciplines of both Old and New Testament studies, to give us a status report.
After an introductory essay by Hafemann looking back on recent history, John H. Sailhammer (Southeastern Baptist), Brian G. Toews (Philadelphia College of the Bible), William J. Dumbrell (Presbyterian Theological Centre, Australia), Stephen G. Dempster (Atlantic Baptist), Richard Schults (Wheaton College), Gerald H. Wilson (Asuza Pacific) and M. Jay Wells chart the current state of Old Testament questions. James M. Scott (Trinity Western), Andreas J. Köstenberger (Southeaster Baptist), G. K. Beale (Wheaton College) and Peter Stuhlmacher (Tübingen) examine the state of New Testament studies. Questions surrounding the unity of the Bible are explored by Christopher R. Seitz (St. Andrew's, Scotland), Nicholas Perrin (Westminster Abbey), Stephen E. Fowl (Loyola-Baltimore), Daniel Pl Fuller (Fuller Theological Seminary) and Ted M. Dornan (Taylor University). The prognosis for biblical theology is then suggested by Paul R. House (Wheaton College) and Graeme Goldsworthy (Moore Theological College, Australia).
List of Abbreviations
1. Biblical Theology: Retrospect and Prospect--Scott J. Hafemann
Part 1: The Question of the "Old Testament"
2. Biblical Theology and the Composition of the Hebrew Bible--John H. Sailhamer
3. Genesis 1-4: The Genesis of Old Testament Instruction--Brian G. Toews
4. Genesis 2:1-17: A Foreshadowing of the New Creation--William J. Dumbrell
5. Geography and Genealogy, Dominion and Dynasty: A Theology of the Hebrew Bible--Stephen G. Dempster
6. What is "Canonical" About a Canonical Biblical Theology?: Genesis as a Case Study of Recent Old Testament Proposals--Richard Shultz
7. Psalms and Psalter: Paradigm for Biblical Theology--Gerald H. Wilson
8. Figural Representation and Canonical Unity--M. Jay Wells
Part 2: The Witness of the "New Testament"
9. Jesus' Vision for the Restoration of Israel as the Basis for a Biblical Theology of the New Testament--James M. Scott
10. Diversity and Unity in the New Testament--Andreas J. Köstenberger
11. The New Testament and New Creation--G.K. Beale
12. My Experience with Biblical Theology--Peter Stuhlmacher
Part 3: The Unity of the Bible
13. Two Testaments and the Failure of One Tradition History--Christopher R. Seitz
14. Dialogic Conceptions of Language and the Problem of Biblical Unity--Nicholas Perrin
15. The Conceptual Structure of New Testament Theology--Stephen E. Fowl
16. Progressive Dispensationalism and the Law/Gospel Contrast: A Case Study in Biblical Theology--Daniel P. Fuller
17. The Future of Biblical Theology--Ted M. Dorman
Part 4: Biblical Theology
18. Biblical Theology and the Wholeness of Scripture: Steps Toward a Program for the Future--Paul R. House
19. Biblical Theology as the Heartbeat of Effective Ministry--Graeme L. Goldsworthy
List of Contributors