The Old Testament: Canon, Literature and Theology Collected Essays of John Barton

John Barton

The Old Testament: Canon, Literature and Theology Collected Essays of John Barton
 The Old Testament: Canon, Literature and Theology Collected Essays of John Barton

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This collection of John Barton's work engages with current concern over the biblical canon, in both historical and theological aspects; with literary reading of the Bible and current literary theory as it bears on biblical studies; and with the theological reading and use of the biblical text. John Barton's distinctive writing reflects a commitment to a 'liberal' approach to the Bible, which places a high value on traditional biblical criticism and also seeks to show how evocative and full of insight the biblical texts are and how they can contribute to modern theological concerns. This invaluable selection of published writings by one of the leading authorities on biblical text and canon, also includes new essays and editorial introductions from the author.

  • Contents:
  • General introduction;
  • Part I Canon:
  • Introduction;
  • 'The law and the prophets'. Who are the prophets?;
  • The canonical meaning of the Book of the 12;
  • Canon and Old Testament interpretation;
  • Canonical approaches ancient and modern;
  • Unity and diversity in the Biblical canon;
  • Marcion revisited;
  • Old Testament or Hebrew Bible?
  • Part 2 Literature:
  • Introduction;
  • Classifying Biblical criticism;
  • Reading the Bible as literature: 2 questions for Biblical critics;
  • Historical criticism and literary interpretation: is there any common ground?;
  • What is a book? modern exegesis and the literary conventions of ancient Israel;
  • Should Old Testament study be more theological?;
  • The future of Old Testament study;
  • Wellhausen's Prolegomena to the History of Israel: influences and effects;
  • Intertextuality and the 'final form' of the text;
  • The final form of the text;
  • Thinking about reader-response criticism;
  • On Biblical commentaries.
  • Part 3 Theology:
  • Introduction;
  • Gerhard von Rad on the world-view of early Israel;
  • Preparation in history for Christ;
  • History and rhetoric in the prophets;
  • The Messiah in Old Testament theology;
  • Covenant in Old Testament theology;
  • The day of Yahweh in the minor prophets;
  • Index.


Pages: 308
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing
Published: 2007
ISBN-10: 0754654516
ISBN-13: 9780754654513

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