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Scripture in the Theologies of W. Pannenberg and D.G. Bloesch

An Investigation and Assessment of its Origin, Nature and Use


Frank Hasel

Scripture has always played an important role in Christian theology. This study provides an issue-oriented overview of the concepts of Scripture in Protestant theology from the 16th century Reformation onward. It then sets forth the concepts of Scripture in the theologies of two contemporary systematic theologians: W. Pannenberg and D.G. Bloesch. It analyzes, compares and evaluates the theological and anthropological presuppositions that have influenced their concept of Scripture. Despite fundamentally different starting points and other significant distinctions Pannenberg and Bloesch reveal surprising similarities. This seems to suggest that for both the concept of Scripture is determined ultimately by presuppositions that are derived and shaped extra scripturam.
Contents: Scripture in theology - a typological overview – Scripture in Pannenberg's systematic theology – Scripture in Bloesch's systematic theology – Analysis of their theological and anthropological presuppositions – Assessment and suggestions.