I recently received the third edition of David Baker's Two Testaments, One Bible: The Theological Relationship Between the Testaments in the mail courtesy of the publisher InterVarsity. For readers unfamiliar with the this work, or previous editions, here is the publisher's description.
Do we need the Old Testament today? Is this collection of ancient writings still relevant in our postmodern and increasingly post-literary world? Isn't the New Testament a sufficient basis for the Christian faith? What does the Old Testament God of power and glory have to do with the New Testament God of love whom Jesus calls 'Father'? Are these two very different Testaments really one Bible?
In this thoroughly revised, updated and expanded edition of Two Testaments, One Bible, David L. Baker investigates the theological basis for the continued acceptance of the Old Testament as Christian Scripture, through a study of its relationship to the New Testament. He introduces the main issues, surveys the history of interpretation, and critically examines four major approaches. He then considers four key themes, which provide a framework for Christian interpretation of two Testaments in the context of one Bible: ‘typology,’ ‘promise and fulfilment,’ ‘continuity and discontinuity,’ and ‘covenant.’ He completes his study with a summary of the main conclusions and reflection on their implications for the use of the Bible today.
Table of Contents:
PART 1: THE PROBLEM
1 Biblical Foundations
2 History of Biblical Interpretation
PART 2: FOUR MODERN SOLUTIONS
3 The New Testament as the Essential Bible
4 The Two Testaments as Equally Christian Scripture
5 The Old Testament as the Essential Bible
6 The Two Testaments as One Salvation History
PART 3: FOUR KEY THEMES
8 Promise and Fulfillment
9 Continuity and Discontinuity
PART 4: CONCLUSION
11 The Theological Relationship between the Testaments
Index of Bible references
Index of authors
Index of subjects
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