Childs, B.S. Old Testament Theology in a Canonical Context. London: SCM, 1985.

Analysis of the organization of the book:


1. Introduction to OT Theology: Modern Discussion and the rise of this approach.

If Canon is the most important thing, then what is meant by revelation ?

I. Message (from God : the Sender)

B. Basic assumption

2. OT as revelation:

3. How God is known: 4. God's Purpose 5. God's Law 6. knowing & doing God's will

Then what is the content of the revelation ? (Content of the Message)

C. The Law of God [Decalogue --> Torah ---> the whole Bible]

7. Decalogue (unmediated divine message) 8. Ritual & Purity Laws (supplement to decalogue) [p.53]

II. Recipients (to Israel{mediator} ---> all humanity)

D. Recipients of God's revelation

9. Israel as God's chosen people.

III. Mediators of the divine Message

E. The Agents of his rule (from prophets to kings)

10. Moses, Judges, Kings

11. Prophets: function & office + 12. false prophets

13. Priests: role + 14. cultus

IV. Responses demanded

F. Doing God's will in our life (principle)

15. Israel' s institutions as guideline

16. Human sexuality

17. Theological dimensions of being human

G. Doing God's will in our life (in practice)

18. The shape of the Obedient Life

19-20. The shape of life under promise and threat

Other clues:

1. Divine imperatives throughout OT in "the narrative, legal, prophetic and wisdow literature." [p.58]

2. How God is known?

Creation [Gen], Wisdom [Prov.] , History[Ps & prophets], Name [Ex]. [pp.30-39]

3. Theological reflections in a canonical context [pp.214-218]

Ps; Prophets; Histories & writings; Patriarchal narratives.

4. Latvus' attempt : [in his notes p.3]

God's rev & will /law (esp. decalogue); mediators of God's message.


1. What is Canonical Approach ?

It stress that the received text, canon, should guide us to interpret the text; rather than the traditional historical approach. [note p.3; cf. Childs pp.6-8]

2. What is the content of this Book ?

3. What is the peculiar contribution of this method compared to other two methods ?

4. What is the process of transmission ? A received text by the community of faith who apply it according to historical situation. [p.12]