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Title: * Brief History of Old Testament Criticism: From Benedict Spinoza to Brevard Childs
Author: Gignilliat, Mark
Publisher: Zondervan; Publication Date: 2012
Paperback; ISBN: 9780310325321
Volumes: 1; Pages: 176
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Modern Old Testament interpretation arose in an intellectual environment marked by interest in specific historical contexts of the Bible, attention to its literary matters, and, most significantly, the suspension of belief. A vast array of scholars contributed to the large, developing complex of ideas and trends that now serves as the foundation of contemporary discussions on interpretation.
In A Brief History of Old Testament Criticism, Mark Gignilliat brings representative figures such as Baruch Spinoza, W.M.L. de Wette, Julius Wellhausen, Hermann Gunkel, and others and their theories together to serve as windows into the critical trends of Old Testament interpretation in the modern period.
This concise overview is ideal for classroom use. It lays a foundation and provides a working knowledge of the major critical interpreters of the Old Testament, their approaches to the Bible, and the philosophical background of their positions. Each chapter concludes with a section For Further Reading, directing students to additional resources on specific theologians and theories.
Benedict Spinoza (1632-1677): Modernity's changing tide and the dislocation of Scripture from Revelation
W.M.L. de Wette (1780-1849): history becomes religion
Julius Wellhausen (1844-1918): Israel's history and literary sources
Herman Gunkel (1862-1932): the search for Israel's religious expression
Gerhard von Rad (1901-1971): the Old Testament's living traditions
William Foxwell Albright (1891-1971): digging deeply into Israel's history
Brevard S. Childs (1923-2007): confessional and critical
Conclusion: more a postscript than conclusion.