The Authority of the Old Testament

John Bright

The Authority of the Old Testament
The Authority of the Old Testament

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As its title page indicates, the substance of[this book]was delivered as the James A. Gray Lectures at the Divinity School of Duke University. That was in November of 1959. But the book actually had its genesis much earlier, for the problem which it treats is one that had plagued me for many years prior to that time. I suppose that it is inevitable that is should have: it is a problem that no teacher of Old Testament studies can forever evade. Certainly I was unable to do so. I had long found myself troubled by the fact that so few preachers--myself included, I fear--really seemed to know how to proceed with the Old Testament, or were guided in their preaching from it, if they preached from it at all, by any conscious hermeneutical principles...It early became clear to me that the place of Old Testament studies in the theological curriculum was not something that could be taken for granted. I was driven to the realization that if I could not present my students with some positive position with regard to the place of the Old Testament in the Bible, and provide them with some guidance in their use of it in the pulpit, they might justifiablyregard all that I was trying to teach them, however interesting it might be historically, as of questionable theological and practical importance.

  • Table of Contents
  • Abbreviations 13
  • I. The Authority of the Old Testament: The Nature of the Problem 15
  • II. The Problem of the Old Testament: The "Classical" Solutions 58
  • III. Biblical Theology and the Authority of the Old Testament 110
  • IV. The Old Testament in the Christian Pulpit: General Hermeneutical Considerations 161
  • V. Preaching from the Old Testament: The Principles
  • Illustrated 213
  • Selected Bibliography 253
  • Index to Bible References 263
  • Index of Persons and Subjects 267


Pages: 272
Publisher: Paternoster Press
Published: 1997
ISBN-10: 0853648077
ISBN-13: 9780853648079

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