Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 149:596 (Oct 1992)
Article: Book Reviews
Author: Anonymous


Book Reviews

The Flowering of Old Testament Theology. Edited by Ben C. Ollenburger, Elmer A. Martens, and Gerhard F. Hasel. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 1992. xi + 547 pp. $29.50.

This volume is the first in a series entitled “Sources for Biblical and Theological Study,” whose purpose is to introduce students to scholarly interaction with current Old Testament issues and to make more accessible to scholars previously published as well as newer works that are difficult to find (p. vii).

One of the editors has written an essay introducing each of the book’s three main sections. Ollenburger discusses Old Testament theological method in section one and includes material by Otto Eissfeldt and Walther Eichrodt. Martens provides a sampling of contemporary theology as represented by Eichrodt, T. C. Vriezen, G. Ernest Wright, Gerhard von Rad, Edmond Jacob, John McKenzie, Walther Zimmerli, Ronald Clements, Walter C. Kaiser, Samuel Terrien, Claus Westermann, Brevard Childs, Paul D. Hanson, and himself. Finally, Hasel assesses the future of the movement by including works from Hartmut Gese, Walter Brueggemann, Jon Levenson, Phyllis Trible, and Rolf Knierin. An appendix includes the seminal address by Johann Gabler that, over 200 years ago, paved the way for the modern biblical theology movement.

There are several helpful features of this volume. First, the essays by the editors are helpful in surveying the past, present, and anticipated landscape of Old Testament theology. One still must consult Hasel’s Old Testament Theology: Basic Issues in the Current Debate or Hays and Prussner’s Old Testament Theology: Its History and Development for details, of course, but the contributions here are sufficient for introduction to these matters.

Second, the anthology is remarkably complete. The major figures are here, though obviously one could quibble about who is included and omitted. To this reviewer it is a major oversight to leave out William Dumbrell and it seems somewhat odd that C. K. Lehman and even Otto Baab do not appear. If space is a problem, perhaps Trible or Levenson could have been deleted, since neither represents standard contemporary conceptions of biblical theology.

Third, the indexes, especially of Scripture texts, are wonderfully helpful. These, plus all the other assets of this collection, make this work an ideal textbook for a course introducing Old Testament biblical theology.

Eugene H. Merrill

A Biblical Theology of the Old Testament. Edited by Roy B. Zuck. Chicago: Moody Press, 1991. 446 pp. $27.99.

This book is ample proof that the teaching and...

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