39 ABRAHAM AND THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD Lloyd Gas ton A truly Biblical theology would be one which takes the whole Bible with equal seriousness and does not consciously or unconsciously subordinate the first half to the much smaller second half. The obstacles to the recovery of such a Biblical theology are great indeed. The displacement theory, which says that the church has effectively displaced Israel as God's people, goes back to the earliest days of the emerging church and is still the pervasive Christian presupposition for doing theology or Biblical study. Not only does this theory cut off all possibility of theological cooperation between Chris- tians and Jews, but it introduced an unbridgeable chasm into Scripture itself. Insofar as the so-called New Testament is understood to be the "antithesis" of the so-called Old Testa- ment, then a Biblical theology of continuity is impossible. Now in our time, however, has arisen the possibility of a re- ' newed listening to the Biblical text on the part of those whose ears have been opened by understanding the Jewish holocaust as a major event also in the history of the church and the re- founding of the State of Israel
Horizons in Biblical Theology – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1980
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