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The Future of Old Testament Theology

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The effects of critical theory and Ideologiekritik, expressed especially in various forms of feminism, post-structuralism and postcolonial studies, are just beginning to be felt in the area of Old Testament (OT) theology. Robert Carroll's book The Wolf in the Sheepfold relentlessly lists text after text in order to demonstrate how difficult it is to use a biblical text to support a doctrine. The author mentions the recent work of David Tracy, who has helpfully provided a wider theological framework for understanding the importance of literary form in Paul Ricoeur's account of revelation. The discipline of OT theology is quite capable of dealing with contradictions in scripture, as long as it does not succumb to modernist abstractions, and as long as it places theological contradictions within the context of wider discussions concerning the complexities of literary form and competing testimony.

Keywords: biblical text; David Tracy; Old Testament (OT) theology; revelation; Robert Carroll; The Wolf in the Sheepfold



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