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Introduction to Old Testament as Scripture

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This Introduction attempts to offer a different model for the discipline from that currently represented. It seeks to describe the form and function of the Hebrew Bible in its role as sacred scripture for Israel. It argues the case that the biblical literature has not been correctly understood or interpreted because its role as religious literature has not been correctly a ...more
Hardcover, 688 pages
Published December 31st 1979 by Augsburg Fortress Publishing (first published January 1st 1979)
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Apr 08, 2013 Greg rated it liked it
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This is one of those reviews where I want to give the book 3.5 stars rather than having to choose 3 or 4 (I chose 3). This book has some great things to recommend it:

(1) a good exposition of Childs' contribution to Biblical Studies in canonical criticism--the Introduction is particularly good

(2) an Evangelical hermeneutic (if you are Evangelical)

But it has drawbacks:

(1) as an introduction to the OT books, it lacks some basic topics that you would expect in an introduction: authorship, authentici
Daniel Wright
You can't look at the (multiple-page, multilingual) bibliographies at the start of each chapter of this book without an overwhelming sense of your own inadequacy. Childs ranges with humility but without apparent effort over a huge range of both biblical scholarship and historical theology. Sadly, much of his assessment of the current state of academic discourse is presumably out of date now (this book came out in 1979), but he remains enormously influential.
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Though I don't find all his critical conclusions convincing, I still find that this volume is immensely helpful in OT/HB research. It is one of the most penetrating OT introductions in English. I'd give it 5/5, but I feel it necessary to stick with 4/5 because at times Childs's style of writing can be boring. Not always, but also not infrequently.
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Brevard Springs Childs was Professor of Old Testament at Yale University from 1958 until 1999 (and Sterling Professor after 1992), and one of the most influential biblical scholars of the 20th century. Childs is particularly noted for pioneering canonical criticism, a way of interpreting the Bible that focuses on the text of the biblical canon itself as a finished product. In fact, Childs disliked ...more
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