Here's an interesting book that gives an overview of the interpretation of Isaiah from the early church (Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, etc.) to the modern era: The Struggle to Understand Isaiah as Christian Scripture by Brevard Childs. I'm still making my way through the book, but so far it's been helpful. I don't always agree with… Continue reading Paul and the Old Testament Scriptures (Childs)
Many of us have probably heard or read God's great call to come to him for salvation in Isaiah 45:22: Turn to me so you can be delivered, all you who live in the earth’s remote regions! (NET). It's a great text to think about for evangelism. But sometimes we might forget about the context. Right before… Continue reading Turn to Me and Be Saved!
Isaiah 9:2-7 is a great prophetic promise that God would send a great light and much joy to people walking in death's dark shadow. This light and joy have to do with the birth of a son who is given royal names as he takes the throne of David forever to establish peace and justice.… Continue reading Bringer of Eternal Peace (Childs)
Frequent readers of this blog will know that Andrew and I are in many ways appreciative of the canonical insights of former Yale OT professor Brevard Childs (d. 2007). Childs has well emphasized that we should focus on the final form of the biblical text and therefore interpret Scripture in a canonical, holistic manner. Childs… Continue reading A Critique of Childs’ Canonical Method
"Because Biblical Theology grapples with the reality of the biblical witnesses, and moves beyond the historical moorings of the text, the accusation is often made that such a model is anti-historical, philosophically idealistic, and abstract. Such a characterization badly misunderstands the approach that is being suggested [in this booklet]. Biblical theological reflection is not timeless speculation… Continue reading Childs: The Christological Enterprise