Home » The Old Testament Between Theology and History: A Critical Survey by Niels Peter Lemche
The Old Testament Between Theology and History: A Critical Survey Niels Peter Lemche

The Old Testament Between Theology and History: A Critical Survey

Niels Peter Lemche

Published October 28th 2008
ISBN : 9780664232450
Paperback
476 pages
Enter the sum

 About the Book 

From its inception at the time of the Enlightenment until the mid-twentieth century, the historical-critical method constituted the dominant paradigm in Old Testament studies. In this magisterial overview, Niels Peter Lemche surveys the development of the historical-critical method and the way it changed the scholarly perception of the Old Testament. He describes the rise and influence of historical-critical approaches and traces their decline and fall. Then, he discusses the identity of the authors of the Old Testament, based on the content of the literature they wrote, demonstrating that the collapse of history does not preclude critical study. Lemche goes on to investigates the theological consequences of this collapse and surveys Old Testament and biblical theology in its various manifestations in the twentieth century. An appendix includes a history of Palestine from the Stone Age to modern times, constructed without recourse to the Old Testament.