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Mapping recent developments in Old Testament theology

Fanie Snyman
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 75, No 3 | a5021 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v75i3.5021 | © 2019 Fanie Snyman | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 09 April 2018 | Published: 25 February 2019

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Fanie Snyman, Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, South Africa


This article provides the readers with an overview of the history of the study of the Old Testament, highlighting major turning points especially during the 20th and 21st centuries. It is argued that the approaches of Eichrodt, Von Rad, Childs and Brueggemann mark the major innovative developments in Old Testament theology during the 20th and 21st centuries. The article concludes with a number of conclusions based on the overview of developments in the field. The postmodern turn represented in especially the Old Testament theologies of Brueggemann and Gerstenberger is pointed out together with other trends that can be detected from recent developments in the field.


Old Testament Theology; Eichrodt; von Rad; Childs; Brueggemann; Gerstenberger


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