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Some thoughts on the relationship between Old Testament studies and systematic theology

S. D. Snyman
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 35, No 1 | a782 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v35i1.782 | © 2014 S.D. (Fanie) Snyman | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 August 2012 | Published: 05 June 2014

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S. D. Snyman, Department Old Testament, University of the Free State, South Africa

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This article explores the relationship between Old Testament studies and systematic theology. After an overview of what Old Testament studies and systematic theology comprise, a historical overview of the problem is given. Two examples of the problem are provided (the USA and South Africa) before the author proceeds to his own views. The article argues that the two subjects have grown so far apart that it is doubtful whether the interaction between Old Testament studies and systematic theology will have any significant impact on the identity or content of either Old Testament studies or systematic theology. The identity of and the way in which the fields of study are practiced will not allow them to impact on one another. In an increasing way, theological disciplines will live side by side, each carrying on with what are perceived to be the cutting-edge questions within the respective fields of interest.


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