Concept of Biblical TheologyJames Barr is a little more to the left than I am. This is reflected in his book. The book is valuable for providing a more current survey of the field than Hasel’s Basic Issues in the Current Debate. But, since it is quite long, its use as a textbook may be limited to serious students of the Bible, and Biblical Theology. As mentioned, the book provides a more current look at the field, including critiques of Brueggemann’s work as well as others which were written in the 1990s. This alone is a huge strength. The book also provides several more “issues” which the Old Testament theologian must navigate. These include: Distinctions from Non-Theological study; degree of Evolutionist view of the Hebrew Religion; Incorporation of Natural Theology; and the relationship to Historical Theology. Barr is highly critical of Childs, and any attempt at canonical approaches to Biblical Theology. If one knows a little about Barr – like from the previous link, one can pretty well guess how is going to evaluate the works of others. His “liberal” views come out in his evaluation. So for him, the only useful OT theologies are the ones that come close to his own methodology. This seems to be a little self-centered, almost humanistic, which Barr has critiqued at other points in his book.


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