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The Right Doctrine from the Wrong Texts?:
Essays on the Use of the Old Testament in the New (ed. G. K. Beale)

Baker, 1994

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Editor: G. K. Beale (PhD, University of Cambridge) is Kenneth T. Wessner Chair of Biblical Studies and professor of New Testament at WheatonCollegeGraduateSchool. He is the author or editor of several books, including Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament and commentaries on Revelation and 1 and 2 Thessalonians.

If Paul and other New Testament authors were publishing today, would scholars accept their exegetical methods? This collection of essays presents various perspectives concerning the hermeneutical issue of whether Jesus and the apostles quoted Old Testament texts with respect for their broader Old Testament context. Each of the contributors debates the interpretive understandings by which Old Testament texts are quoted and applied in the New Testament. Were New Testament teachers and authors simply children of rabbinic midrashic scholarship? Did they revere the original context of passages they quoted or fill them with different meaning? What presuppositions about the Old Testament guided their approaches?

As the contributors to this volume wrestle with Old Testament quotation in the New Testament, they offer views from across the theological spectrum to help biblical studies students work through the issues. Contributors include:

Part 1 Introductory Issues 
1.The New Testament Use of the Old Testament - Roger Nicole 
2.The Use of the Old Testament in the New - Klyne Snodgrass

Part 2 Were the New Testament Authors Faithful to the Old Testament Authors' Intention? 
3.The Single Intent of Scripture - Walter C. Kaiser 
4.The Fallacy of Equating Meaning with the Human Author's Intention - Philip Barton Payne 
5.Divine Meaning of Scripture - Vern Sheridan Poythress 
6.The Formula-Quotations of Matthew 2 and the Problem of Communication - R.T. France

Part 3 Did the New Testament Authors Respect the Context of the Old Testament Text? Opposing Arguments 
7.The Place of the Old Testament in the Formation of New Testament Theology - Barnabas Lindars 
8.Matthew Twists the Scriptures - S.V. McCasland 
9.A Dissenting Opinion about Respect for Context in Old Testament Quotations - Richard T Mead

Part 4 Did the New Testament Authors Respect the Context of the Old Testament Text? Affirmative Arguments 
10.The Old Testament in the New - C.H. Dodd 
11.Response against C.H. Dodd's View: On Testimonies - Albert C. Sundberg, Jr. 
12.Counter-Response in Favor of C.H. Dodd's View - I. Howard Marshall 
13.The Old Testament Background of Reconciliation in 2 Corinthians 5-7 and Its Bearing on the Literary Problem of 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1 - G.K. Beale 
14.Luke and Isaiah - David Seccombe 
15.The Use of the Old Testament in Revelation - G.K. Beale

Part 5 Did the New Testament Authors Respect the Context of the Old Testament Text? Two Perspectives on Paul's Use of Exodus 34 in 2 Corinthians 3 
16.Beyond the Things that are Written? Saint Paul's Use of Scripture - Morna D. Hooker 
17.The Glory and Veil of Moses in 2 Corinthians 3:7-14

Part 6 How Did the New Testament Authors Use Typology? 
18.Typology and the Christian Use of the Old Testament - David L. Baker 
19.Introductory Notes on Typology - G.P. Hugenberger 
20.The Acts of God: A Study of the Basis of Typology in the Old Testament - Francis Foulkes

Part 7 Should the Exegetical Methods of the New Testament Authors Be Reproduced? 
21.Negative Answer to the Question "Who Is the Prophet Talking About?" Some Reflections on the New Testament's Use of the Old - Richard N. Longenecker 
22.Positive Answer to the Question "Did Jesus and His Followers Preach the Right Doctrine from the Wrong Texts?" - G.K. Beale

"[Beale] has deliberately chosen articles from a variety of viewpoints, so that articles by authors as diverse as Roger Nicole, Barnabas Lindars, C. H. Dodd, Howard Marshall, and Albert Sundberg are found in the same collection. . . . The collection is well-chosen, and all interested in this area of biblical study will be grateful to have such a useful tool." - Allan M. Harman, Reformed Theological Review.

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