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Old Testament Essays

On-line version ISSN 2312-3621
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GERICKE, J. W.. "Brave new world" - Towards a philosophical theology of the Old Testament. Old testam. essays [online]. 2009, vol.22, n.2, pp.321-345. ISSN 2312-3621.

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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