By Mark G. Brett
The writer of this publication means that outdated testomony students should still advance their growing to be hyperlinks with neighboring disciplines and inspire a plurality of interpretative pursuits inside bible study. Given any such pluralistic context, Dr. Brett's rivalry is that the hot "canonical" method of previous testomony examine can have a particular contribution to make to the self-discipline with out inevitably displacing, as many students have assumed, different traditions of ancient, social medical, and literary inquiry. The publication deals a entire critique of the canonical method as constructed by means of Brevard Childs, and locations this within the environment of contemporary discussions in literary conception and "postmodern" theology.
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3 In any case, Childs argues that the Priestly writer of Gen. 1 stands at the end of a process of assimilation which slowly destroyed the original Babylonian myth, transforming it into a new theological framework. Thus, for example, although the anarthrous word teh6m ('deep') has been retained in Gen. 1: 2 it is taken to be 30 BIBLICAL CRITICISM IN CRISIS? a vestige without significance. The independent life once in the word has been 'demythologized' to such an extent that without the parallels from comparative religion, its mythical origin would have passed unnoticed .
12) . . The tradition marks the transition from being members of a large family to the emergence of a nation in the period of Egyptian slavery. (1974a: 14-15) Notice, however, that Exod. 1 does not actually speak of a 'nation' as does Gen. 12: 2, and indeed the promise to Abraham of miraculous increase is not really made specific in Gen. 12 but rather in Gen. 13, 15 and 17. One would expect a section on 'Old Testament context' to mention at least Gen. 15: 13—14 where the promise to Abraham seems to include a reference to slavery in Egypt (cf.
Most of the observations in Childs's final form reading of Exod. 6: 2 - 7: 7 could have been found in an historical-critical commentary. The point of these examples is to show that there is a considerable overlap between the material contained in sections (2) and (3) of the commentary; many of the final form observations could have been included under the heading of 'Literary, Form-Critical and Tradio-Historical Problems'. In this respect Childs is justified in descrioing section (3) of the standard format in the following way: The development of canonical exegesis 41 This section attempts to deal seriously with the text in its final form, which is its canonical shape, while at the same time recognizing and profiting by the variety of historical forces which were at work in producing it .
Biblical Criticism in Crisis?: The Impact of the Canonical Approach on Old Testament Studies by Mark G. Brett