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Old Testament Theology: Basic Issues in the Current Debate
Revised, updated, and enlarged, this edition of a standard survey clearly sets forth and analyzes the major trends in contemporary Old Testament scholarship, concluding with seven basic proposals for doing Old Testament theology. In this revision Hasel has incorporated significant scholarship since 1982; his bibliography of Old Testament theology, with nearly 950 entries, ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 25th 1991 by Eerdmans
(first published 1977)
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Sep 13, 2016 Clayton Hutchins rated it liked it
Good for what it is. Gives a introductory survey and brief assessment of current issues of debate in OT theology. He has an extensive bibliography that serves as a useful reference (40+ pages). Hasel does well at surveying the views of others, but he does not spend much time developing or explaining his own views. Many of his proposals for OT theology, offered at the end, have a lot of sense to them, but they do leave something to be desired. I'll summarize three shortcomings, as I see them.
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Revised and Expanded Fourth Edition. An excellent survey of a majority of the players and their arguments throughout what Hasel calls the “Golden Age” of OT Theology, primarily 1930-1980, while also tracing these lines of thought all the way back to their beginnings in the modern era. You really get a sense, as you work through this book, how scholars were all trying to answer many of the same questions and how many of their answers remained the same no matter what particulars and insights they ...more
Jan 15, 2015 Andrew rated it really liked it
A useful introduction to Old Testament Biblical Theology and different methods, but there are some mischaracterizations such as the assumption that federal theology/covenant theology is synchronic and flattens out the Bible, this is not the case for some forms of paedobaptist federal theology such as John Owen, and definitely not the case for 1689 federalism as in Pascal Denault's book, the Distinctivness of Baptist Covenant Theology & Nehemiah Coxe & John Owen, from Adam to Christ, publ ...more
Only read this book if you are interested in the depths of theological discussion. It is certainly a calling to brave the waters of theological methodology. But if you're up to date on your in-house theological terms (and your German) then this book is actually extremely helpful. It summarizes the recent issues in the methodological debates of Old Testament Theology and has some extremely helpful thoughts on how to see the Old Testament for what it really is. I am thankful for people like Gerhar ...more
Overview of the Old Testament scholarly landscape up to the mid-1980's by a Seventh-Day Adventist theologian. It is claimed that Hasel's book is a standard in universities. I could envision this one used in lower division theology programs, but it is too slight for upper division work: there are more comprehensive written reviews of the history of the theological OT debates out there. I'd pass on this one....
A thorough but ultimately unsatisfying review of where Old Testament theology stood 20 years ago. Hasel thoroughly deconstructs the idea that there is a center to OT theology, only to resurrect it with the uselessly broad notion that God is the center of OT theology and, further that there is a hidden unity to the texts that he doesn't bother to name or even explore. There's no reason for anyone to read this book, given the time that has passed since its publication and given Hasel's own inabili ...more
Challenging book that is not a book for my taste . sentences used is really complicated and if you do not have a special interest or focus on Old Testament theology, this book is going to be tough reading through. Personally the last two chapters of the book was more interesting and it was less technical and more user friendly and more practical in nature. Not a book for me though, but My conclusion is that some people really enjoy this kind of book. It's super personal, which is why I will not ...more
The book is designed to inform the reader with insight about the history of Old testament Biblical theology. As a reader, I feel like the author gives too much information in a short time. There are multiple sources cited every 3 sentences making it difficult to connect the logical framework of the development of the discipline. Nonetheless, its an amazing overview and a good start to get deeper. Prepare a good coffee in the methodology section!
Definitely a dense introduction to the subject. Only a few of the issues addressed seem to be "current" although there is still much discussion on the "center" of OT Theology and the debate continues on appropriateness of the historical-critical method. In my opinion the author over-cites and pulls too much from the outside too quickly so that his actual argument and thought is easily muted.
This book was a marathon and not for the faint of heart. It's some heavy scholarly lifting. Even though the last printing is over 20 years old now, it is still an important and critical read. One could only wish that Dr. Hasel was still alive to update it yet again - spending more time on post-liberal and literary approaches to Scripture and OT theology.
This book is helpful in many ways as it lays out the "current issues" in OT theology. However, it's a bit dated and unnecessarily dense in certain sections. Theological writing, even of the academic sort, should be fresh, alive, and on fire!
This book provides a helpful survey of the different views and approaches to Old Testament Theology. Hasel himself does not provide an in depth view to his beliefs, but rather he explains what others have written and provides some commentary.