by Patrick Henry Reardon
For a long time the identification of a thematic core of ideas was a major difficulty facing modern biblical scholarship. Even from fifty years ago I recall reading initiatory books—with titles like Introduction to the Old Testament and New Testament Theology—in which the authors prefaced their labor with many pages trying to justify the effort: What were the unifying doctrines that led to the formation of the biblical canon(s)? I, for one, was never satisfied that the author answered the question. Only later did I realize that . . .
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