Is a Theology Possible?

P. R. Ackroyd and G. N. Stanton

in Introducing the Old Testament

Published in print March 1990 | ISBN: 9780192132543
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670053 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Bible Series

Is a Theology Possible?

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This chapter focuses on the modern study of Old Testament theology. The biblical theology movement attempted to draw together elements from both Old and New Testaments so as to make a coherent theology which would result in one presentation able to embrace the whole Christian Bible. Another approach during the 1950s and 1960s focused upon some particular theme which was regarded as able to give a coherent and unifying structure to the whole body of material. The discussion in this chapter revolves around the affirmation of the Old Testament about God and his nature; the concern of the Old Testament for community as against merely individual values in its ordering of the world; and the critique offered in the prophets and elsewhere of a nominally religious society and the acceptance of scepticism within the tradition.

Keywords: Old Testament theology; biblical theology movement; religious society; Christian Bible

Chapter.  5112 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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