Old Testament TheologyThis book is somewhat dated (almost 20 years old in 2010). Yet, the analysis of the field is still quite useful, for the problems (questions) are still basically the same. Still, several major OT theologies have been published since this book was written. Brueggemann’s work takes a radically different approach from the one proposed here, bypassing several of Hasel’s “issues”. He does this by making use of rhetorical criticism, a perspective which Hasel’s work fails to note. Hasel’s work does well to describe and categorize the works of theology which he analyzes. Every course on Old Testament theology I have taken (4 now) have used this book as a textbook in some way.

Still, Hasel’s basic proposals at the end of the book are very much debated. One should probably think of the final chapter as “one man’s way of working through the issues”, and not a conclusive decision for the field. The work is very lacking in how one incorporates literary theory into doing OT theology. The idea reading the Bible as literature, or utilizing theory in reading, goes untouched in this book, though many (often sub-par) theologies have made use of these methods lately (Segovia, Oduyoye, Kwok, etc.).

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