Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Getting on with the task of Bridging the "Ugly Ditch" between the Disciplines

In sum, at this juncture probably little more precision in theory is required other than to urge biblical scholars to be more systematic, and systematic theologians to be more biblical, and to get on with the task.

The ultimate test of the success of co-operation between the two fields lies in the degree to which the biblical text and its subject matter are illumined. Neither Biblical Theology nor [Systematic] theology is an end in itself, but rather they remain useful tools by which to enable a fresh access to the living voice of God in sacred Scripture.
Brevard Childs, Biblical Theology: A Proposal, p. 74.

I hope to be able to do my part in "getting on" with this task.

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