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Gerhard von Rad

(1901—1971)


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(1901–71),

German OT scholar. His most important writings are concerned with Deuteronomy, the analysis and interpretation of the Hexateuch, and the theology of the OT. He did not attempt to construct a unified system of OT theology but expounded (1) Israel's confession of the Heilsgeschichte (lit., ‘salvation history’) as proclaimed in the cult and transmitted in the historical traditions, (2) the searching criticism of the older traditions by the prophets and their proclamation that new Divine acts were about to take place, and (3) the relationship between the OT and NT in terms of a modified typological interpretation.

(1) Israel's confession of the Heilsgeschichte (lit., ‘salvation history’) as proclaimed in the cult and transmitted in the historical traditions, (2) the searching criticism of the older traditions by the prophets and their proclamation that new Divine acts were about to take place, and (3) the relationship between the OT and NT in terms of a modified typological interpretation.

Subjects: Christianity.


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