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18 Continuities in Scholarship: The Work of Nils Dahl

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Professor Nils Alstrup Dahl has worked most extensively in the Gospels and the Pauline letters. Dahl's awareness of his indebtedness to the great scholars of former generations underlines the importance of continuity for him. In 1954 Dahl published a lengthy review of Bultmann's Theology of the New Testament, which had just recently been completed. Professor Dahl was not content simply to point out what he considered to be the inadequacies of Rudolf Bultmann's work, but in his publications sought to provide the ground for his own views. A major characteristic of Dahl's historical approach is his interest in placing the NT in its contemporary Jewish context. Dahl's interest in Jewish and Christian interpretation of Scripture is not purely academic, but theological, for it is essential to dealing with the central theme of biblical eschatology, namely that God's promises are fulfilled in Christ.

Keywords: Jewish context; Pauline letters; Professor Nils Alstrup Dahl; Rudolf Bultmann



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