The Old Testament and the Significance of Jesus: Embracing Change--Maintaining Christian Identity : The Emerging Center in Biblical Scholarship

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  • Copyright: 1999-01-01
  • Publisher: Lightning Source Inc

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A perennial question throughout the history of the Christian faith has centered on the character of the Old Testament and its relationship to Jesus Christ. This important book by Fredrick Holmgren clarifies how the early Christians used the Jewish Scriptures and how they discovered in the Old Testament texts the true significance of Jesus. Holmgren's study also works to bridge the gap that has long separated Jews and Christians regarding biblical interpretation. Dialoguing with Christians at every point on the theological spectrum, Holmgren urges the church toward a new respect for the Jewish Bible, the enduring role of the Old Testament as "Christian scripture" and the valuable contributions of Judaism to the Christian faith.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Jews and Christians: Seeing Matters as They Really Are
The Prophetic Denunciations of Israel: Self-Criticism, Not Divine Rejectionp. 1
Finding Jesus in the Depth of the Old Testament: Approaching the Scripture as Jewish Christiansp. 13
"And It Was Fulfilled": Reading the Old Testament out of Christian Experiencep. 38
Jesus and the Sinai Covenant: Diverse Thinking in the New Testamentp. 56
Israel and the "New Covenant" in Jeremiah 31:31-34: Faithfulness to Sinai Teaching Is the New Covenantp. 75
Jesus and the "New Covenant" in Jeremiah 31:31-34: Original Meaning and Depth Interpretation in Tensionp. 96
The New Testament Proclamation of Jesus: What Does the Old Testament Contribute?p. 105
The Old Testament and the "New" in Jesus: Is "Old Testament" a Suitable Title?p. 119
Jesus: Human and Divinep. 139
Jesus in the New Testament: Images from the Old Testamentp. 139
Jesus in the Creeds: Wisdom Theology in Greek Dressp. 161
Final Reflection: In the Beginning: The Experiencep. 192
Index of Names and Subjectsp. 196
Index of Scripture Referencesp. 201
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