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Op die voetspoor van Harold Henry Rowley (1890-1969)

I. J.J. Spangenberg
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 50, No 3 | a2578 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v50i3.2578 | © 1994 I. J.J. Spangenberg | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 14 January 1994 | Published: 14 January 1994

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I. J.J. Spangenberg, Universiteit van Suid-Afrika, South Africa

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Abstract

On the trail of Harold Heniy Rowley (1890-1969)
H H Rowley can he described as an enigmatic Old Testament scholar. Hailed as one of the leading Old Testament biblical theologians of the forties and fifties, he was also criticized for his ‘middle-of-the-road’ conclusions. This article takes a brief look at his academic career and biblical scholarship, it is argued that he is an exponent of the biblical theology movement in his attempts to reconcile the results of the historical- critical method with the traditional creeds of Christianity. Unfortunately he was not very successful because he did not regard the results of New Testament historical-critical research seriously. He was reluctant to admit that there was a difference between the historical Jesus and Christ as proclaimed by the church. Perhaps there are a few lessons to be learned from his timidity.

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