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      "Brave new world" - Towards a philosophical theology of the Old Testament

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      Old Testament Essays
      The Old Testament Society of Southern Africa (OTSSA)

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          There is currently no philosophical theology of the Old Testament. Biblical scholars appear reluctant to offer philosophical accounts of YHWH and it is popularly believed that philosophical concerns are without fail distortive of the non-philosophical god-talk in the biblical texts. In this paper, however, the author argues that "philosophical analysis" (conceptual clarification) can be purely historical and descriptive and may provide new insights into ancient Israel's own metaphysical assumptions. Other foci of the interest include the anachronism of "perfect-being theology, " Aristotelian category theory, the metaphysics of properties and the modelling of theological pluralism with the philosophy of identity over time and across possible worlds.

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              The Concept of Biblical Theology: An Old Testament Perspective

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                Journal
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                Old Testament Essays
                Old testam. essays
                The Old Testament Society of Southern Africa (OTSSA) (Pretoria )
                2312-3612
                2009
                : 22
                : 2
                : 321-345
                Affiliations
                [1 ] North-West University
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                S1010-99192009000200005
                3c726cdd-1d04-4033-8974-5eb9ad2074ed

                http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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                Self URI (journal page): http://www.scielo.org.za/scielo.php?script=sci_serial&pid=1010-9919&lng=en
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                Religion

                General religious studies
                General religious studies

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