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, English Literature, Wheaton College (IL); 2009 PhD, Divinity, St Mary's College, University of St Andrews (UK); 2008−16 teaching position, Tyndale University, Toronto; faculty member, Atlantic School of Theology, Halifax, and Professor of Old Testament.


The following reviews are known:

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