Monday, 17 September 2012
Gerhard von Rad's 'From Genesis to Chronicles'
This book is a reprint of a volume originally titled The Problem of the Hexateuch and Other Essays. The essays deal with a wide range of issues, with some such as 'The Problem of the Hexateuch' laying greater emphasis on the historical development of the Biblical material, and some with a greater theological emphasis: I particularly enjoyed von Rad's reflections on the meaning of Abraham's faith, in this regard. Even if Biblical scholarship has moved on with regards to what parts of the Hebrew Bible can be determined as the earliest strata of tradition, von Rad's approaches to the challenges posed by historical criticism are still fruitful. It seems to me that he had more space in these essays to develop more fully concerns discussed in his Old Testament Theology, and on that count it is a great follow-up read off the back of that seminal work.