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Overview 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.
Publishers Description 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.
Citations And Professional Reviews According to the Scriptures: The Origins of the Gospel and of the Church's Old Testament by Paul Matthews Van Buren has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Library Journal - 11/01/1998 page 91
Booklist - 11/01/1998 page 453
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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.02" Width: 6.3" Height: 0.41" Weight: 0.54 lbs.
Release Date Oct 27, 1998
Publisher Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN 0802845355 ISBN13 9780802845351
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A fresh perspective on the "Old Testament" Jul 31, 2003
In defending the use of the name "Old Testament" for the Scriptures Christians inherited from Jews (by way of the Septuagint), van Buren makes an elegant argument for a dual reading of those works that both Jews and Christians hold sacred. "What we can and must object to, however, was the growing conviction of the church that those scriptures were originally, and so exclusively, addressed to them. In its place we have argued for a dual reading of those texts, a reading that reflects God's preservation of both the Jewish people and the Christian church as bearers of Israel's story into the future" (p. 131).
He builds his argument on Jewish and Christian understandings of the aqedah, the Binding of Isaac, and concludes his volume with fresh readings of the stories of Sarah's appeal to Abraham to expel Hagar and Ishmael (Genesis 21); Esau's discovery that he has been robbed of his blessing (Genesis 27); and the New Testament story of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15).
Nowhere does van Buren argue for political correctness. In fact, as he presented his reasons for mutually respectful Jewish and Christian readings of the same texts I kept wondering why Christians hadn't taken this position earlier (and I mean centuries earlier). I suspect some Christians will be less convinced. But as for me, my reading of the Old Testament has changed forever.