The Character of Christian Scripture: The Significance of a Two-Testament Bible

The Character of Christian Scripture: The Significance of a Two-Testament Bible


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The early church received the Scriptures of Israel as Christian Scriptures and did not change them. The older testament was received as a witness to God, and when a newer testament emerged, the older was not dismissed, harmonized, or edited. Rather, the church moved forward with a two-testament witness.

Christopher Seitz, an internationally renowned expert in canonical interpretation, illuminates the two-testament character of Scripture and its significance for the contemporary church. He interacts critically with current interest in the New Testament's use of the Old Testament and addresses an issue of perennial concern: how to hear both testaments as Christian witness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801039485
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/01/2011
Series: Studies in Theological Interpretation Series
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Christopher R. Seitz (PhD, Yale University) is professor of biblical interpretation at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto, in Toronto, Ontario. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Prophecy and Hermeneutics and The Goodly Fellowship of the Prophets.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Starting Points
1. The Canonical Approach and Theological Interpretation
2. Biblical Theology and Identification with Christian Scripture: "We Are Not Prophets or Apostles"
3. An Illustration of the Challenge: The Letter to the Hebrews, Biblical Theology, and Identification
4. Theological Use of the Old Testament: Recent New Testament Scholarship and the Psalms as Christian Scripture
5. Old and New in Canonical Interpretation
6. "Be Ye Sure That the Lord He Is God"—Crisis in Interpretation and the Two-Testament Voice of Christian Scripture
7. The Rule of Faith, Hermeneutics, and the Character of Christian Scripture

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