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The Structure of Biblical Authority

Kline Meredith (Wipf & Stock: 1971, 1975, 1997)

Blurb Review

Blurb

Biblical Authority is often considered, rightly, as one of the implications of a dogmatic or systematic approach to the doctrine of Scripture. However, this is not the sum total of the Bible's own approach to the issue and we've included this book here as it operates on the basis that dogmatic topics actually often need to also be seen from a biblical theology approach too. Kline shows here how Scripture's authority is not just related to its ontology (i.e. God-breathed) but also to that ontology in its economic forms - Scripture is a covenant document and this is also where its intrinsic authority comes from. It is the means by which God both binds himself to his people, and his people to him, and as the covenant suzerain he rules his people in history with covenantal stipulations. An important and highly recommended book.

Contents

PART I: CANON AND COVENANT
Introduction
1. Formal Origins of Biblical Canon
2. Covenantal Bible
3. Canon and Covenant Community
4. Canonical Polities, Old and New

PART II: COLLATERAL STUDIES
1. The Two Tables of the Covenant
2. Dynastic Covenant
3. The Intrusion and The Decalogue
4. The Old Testament Origins of the Gospel Genre

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