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Biblical Theology and the Johannine Literature

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The Johannine Literature has not been the most fertile ground for explorations of Biblical Theology in the past. This is particularly true for someone from the English speaking world for whom 'Biblical Theology' at first raises images of the movement whose crisis, perhaps deaththrows, Brevard Childs recorded in 1970. The Isaiah tradition is developing within the Old Testament and beyond it, as seen in the appeal to Qumran and to hellenistic Judaism. This is an issue that has been met in some Biblical Theology by the claim that the "Old Testament" was not closed at the time of the writing of most of the documents of the New. Yet does this recognition, if true, really allow us to include Qumran and other material within a Biblical Theology trajectory without it simply becoming a history of religions?

Keywords: biblical theology; Isaiah; Johannine Literature; Judaism; Old Testament



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