According to the Scriptures
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According to the Scriptures   -     By: Paul Van Buren
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What did the earliest Christians mean when they appealed "to the Scriptures"---and how can that serve to further Jewish-Christian dialogue today? Arguing that the disciples' understanding of Good Friday and Easter developed from the account of Isaac in Genesis, van Buren explores the origins of gospel within Israel's scriptures. 147 pages, softcover from Eerdmans.

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Title: According to the Scriptures
By: Paul Van Buren
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 147
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 1998
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
Weight: 9 ounces
ISBN: 0802845355
ISBN-13: 9780802845351
Stock No: WW4535X

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This book calls for a reevaluation of the Old Testament and its role in the Church. It is written out of the conviction that the church needs to claim the Old Testament as its own but also to grant the legitimacy of the Jewish claim on Israel's sacred Scriptures.The author is concerned to debunk several ideas, including the popular notions that Paul was the real inventor of Christianity; that a great gulf exists between the Old Testament and the New Testament; that the early Christians used the Old Testament to prove their already established belief in Jesus; and that Christianity is less credible or valuable if it is seen to depend on Jewish traditions.Van Buren's starting point is an exploration of the meaning and origin of the early Christian confession, "Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures"-particularly the last part of the confession. Van Buren argues that the wording of this early, pre-Pauline gospel confession was the result of a creative application of early Jewish interpretations of scripture, especially of the Binding of Isaac story in Genesis 22.Christians need to affirm the legitimacy of their understanding Christ in light of the Old Testament, argues van Buren, but they also need to grant the legitimacy of the Jewish reading of scripture. The interpretive traditions of both religious communities-Judaism and Christianity-need to be respected.Clearly and elegantly written, this book represents a sensitive ecumenical effort at fostering Jewish-Christian dialogue: a book that both Jews and Christians can read with profit.

Author Bio

(1924-1998) Former professor emeritus of systematic theology at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Editorial Reviews

America
"While insisting that the Old Testament is irreplaceable in Christian faith, [van Buren] also shows how Jews and Christians today may read the same biblical texts in different ways and still respect each other's readings. Van Buren's 'testament' should be of great interest for biblical scholars, systematic theologians and all those concerned with Christian-Jewish dialogue."

Religious Studies Review
"The book gives a subtle and persuasive description of the relation between the OT and the NT, both in their origins and in contemporary life, showing that their interplay is dynamic and ongoing. This is a thoughtful, humble book, especially in its honesty about Christian anti-Semitism. It should be a real contribution to Christians' faith and to Jewish-Christian relations."

The Bible Today
"Reflecting a growing trend in Christian theology, van Buren stresses the intimate relationship of Jesus and early Christianity to Judaism. . . Van Buren's grappling with this issue and his rich examples make this very rewarding reading."

Currents in Theology & Mission
"An insightful study of the role of the Old Testament in the rise of Christianity. . . Clearly written in limpid prose, this book is a useful springboard for a discussion of the role of the Old Testament in today's church."

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