A Plea for Greater Dogmatic Engagement with the Old Testament

Monday, 16 Jul 2007

The Old Testament keeps our Christian life facing outward toward the concrete needs of the neighbor in the external world rather than turning inward toward the inner world of the soul.
Today, to a disconcerting degree, the disciplines of biblical scholarship and dogmatics (or systematic theology) undertake their tasks with too little interaction. I fear that some dogmaticians could not exegete their way out of a paper bag, and, as an Old Testament professor, I know that some biblical scholars could not even spell Arianism. Yet, obviously, these two disciplines desperately need each other. Therefore, I wish to press the case for reintegrating biblical theology and systematics, for leading biblical exegetes and dogmaticians into the same room and forcing them to talk theology together. Toward this ...

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