Date of Award
Doctor of Ministry
Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary
Doctor of Ministry DMin
Richard M. Davidson
C. Raymond Holmes
Atilio R. Dupertuis
The purpose of this project was to develop and undergraduate college course in Biblical Theology. Part One establishes a theoretical background by exploring the biblical and theological foundations.
Chapter 1 states the purpose, justification, and limitations of the project. Chapter 2 begins with a historical review of the discipline. Following J. Gabler's definition, Biblical Theology became a purely historical and descriptive discipline which delineates the theological views of the biblical writings and the communities of their origin, explaining "what it meant" in biblical times. This brought an emphasis on diversity and development within the Scripture.
The discipline split into separate Old Testament and New Testament Theologies, which later were succeeded by studies of the religion of ancient Israel and the early church. This occurred mainly because historical criticism regarded the biblical text as data from which to reconstruct history, and looked not so much at the text as through the test to the history which lies behind it.
Chapter 3 defines Biblical theology as an ordered study of the understanding of the revelation of God that (1) has as its source the entire canonical Scriptures, (2) is limited to the Scriptures, and (3) is based on its final Christian form. The relationship to Exegesis and Systematic Theology is also explored.
Chapter 4 considers methodology. Theologians are classified as using systematic, historical and thematic approaches. A book-by-book approach is proposed and the reason for this approach we presented. Various "centers" are discussed and the cosmic conflict between God and Satan is proposed as an orientation point for the whole Bible.
Part Two is a practical development of the course. Chapter 5 contains the course objectives, requirements, and basic course outline. Chapter 6 consists of Study Guide Questions for each Bible book, which are intended for students' home study in preparation for the class. Some examples of interpretation of the Pentateuch are given in Chapter 7. Chapter 8 consists of a theoretical and practical summary and conclusions reached in this study and in the teaching of the course.
Theology--Methodology, Theology--Study and teaching
Duda, Daniel, "The Development of a Course in Biblical Theology Based on a Book-by-book Approach to the Bible" (1992). Project Documents. 162.
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