Monday 10 August 2009

Leo G. Perdue, Robert Morgan, and Benjamin D. Sommer on Biblical Theology

Leo G. Perdue, Robert Morgan, Benjamin D. Sommer, Biblical Theology: Introducing the Conversation, Library of Biblical Theology (Nashville: Abingdon, 2009), viii + 337pp., ISBN 9780687341009.

I blogged about this series – Library of Biblical Theology – here. The lead volume has finally appeared, containing the following essays:

1. Benjamin D. Sommer
Dialogical Biblical Theology: A Jewish Approach to Reading Scripture Theologically

2. Leo G. Perdue
Old Testament Theology Since Barth’s Epistle to the Romans

3. Robert Morgan
New Testament Theology in the Twentieth Century

4. Leo G. Perdue
Hermeneutics: The Bible and the Quest for Theological Meaning

The essays are lengthy and look substantial, and I’m sure will be very good, though I had been hoping for a more collaborative treatment and statement of the issues.

The Preface reminds us again of the general failure of biblical studies scholars and theologians to engage with one another’s work in significant ways, and of the goal of the series ‘to bring the worlds of biblical scholarship and constructive theology together into an interpretative relationship’ (vii).

This particular volume promises seeks to recognise ‘the increasing emphasis placed on the role of the reader in the interpretation of texts’ alongside the continual realisation that ‘the historical context and understanding of scriptural texts cannot be ignored in seeking to listen to voices from the past that have helped shape theological understandings through the centuries’ (viii).

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