Brevard Childs, Biblical Theologian 978-3-16-150368-9 - Mohr Siebeck

Daniel R. Driver

Brevard Childs, Biblical Theologian

For the Church's One Bible

[Brevard Childs, biblischer Theologe. Für die eine Bibel der Kirche.]

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Brevard Childs ranged across the Christian Bible, writing on the Old and New Testaments before attempting a Biblical Theology of the same. He combined critique of biblical scholarship with a constructive proposal related to canon. Daniel R. Driver gives a thorough account of his work's international location.
In pursuit of the oneness of scripture's scope, Brevard Childs (1923–2007) ranged across the Christian Bible, writing Introductions to the Old and New Testaments before attempting a landmark Biblical Theology of the same. For him the canon is a christological rule of faith, though perceiving the »family resemblance« in its historic formation and impress in the life of the church as well as, mysteriously, the synagogue, is always a great struggle. Yet Childs' argument for final form exegesis rose out of his form-critical training: Hermann Gunkel is a crucial antecedent. Childs' work has been much discussed, and in the wake of James Barr's criticism much misunderstood. Driver gives its total profile for the first time, from its background and controversy to its later development, analyzing all published titles and filling out this record with a number of previously unseen letters and papers.

Daniel R. Driver Born 1979; 2002 BA in English Literature at Wheaton College (IL); 2009 PhD in Divinity at St Mary's College, University of St Andrews (UK); since 2008 Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Old Testament at Tyndale University College in Toronto.


The following reviews are known:

In: Zeitschr. f. d. Alttestamentl. Wissenschaft — 123 (2011), S. 297–298 (C. Bultmann)
In: Theological Book Review — 2010, Heft 2, S. 54 (Igal German)
In: Journal for the Study of the OT — 35.5 (2011), S. 17 (R.E. Clements)
In: Concilium — 2010, S. 781–782
In: New Testament Abstracts — 55 (2011), S. 146
In: Svensk Exegetisk Arsbok — 78 (2013), S. 212–214 (LarsOlov Eriksson)
In: Catholic Biblical Quarterly — 74 (2012), S. 125–126 (John T. Willis)
In: Old Testament Abstracts — 34 (2011), S. 420–421 (C.T Begg)
In: — (07/2011) (Ched Spellman)
In: Themelios — (05/2011) (Daniel Timmer)
In: Theologische Literaturzeitung — 137 (2012), S. 36–38 (Aaron Schart)
In: Interpretation (Richmond) — 67 (2013), S. 79 (Walter Brueggemann)