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Biblical Theology

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The author sketches a biblical theology by discussing ten subjects: God, the son of God, people and community, the notion of man, joining the people of God, law and norms of behaviour, justice and justification, truth and faithfulness, crisis and its management, life and life after death. Biblical canon and biblical theology are two realities tied together to demonstrate the unity of the Scriptures. The recent debate about monotheism and its implications is marked by the contributions of Jan Assmann and Rodney Stark. The "new" debate about monotheism and its biblical origins focuses on three subjects: (1) recently discovered epigraphic and archaeological evidence for ancient Israelite polytheism; (2) the notion that monotheism may have led to intolerance and violence; (3) the position of Christ within monotheism, possibly to be understood in terms of an open, inclusive, actually binitarian form of monotheism.

Keywords: biblical canon; biblical theology; Jan Assmann; monotheism; Rodney Stark



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