Resurrection or Justification of the Ungodly: What Basis for a Biblical Theology?

James K. Bruckner

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 1/1/1996

Issue: The Edges of Life (Vol. 16, No 1, Winter, 1996)

The search for a hermeneutic that will unite the proclamation of the Old and New Testaments is continuing. Ernst Käsemann’s student, Peter Stuhlmacher, has followed him in much of his work. In recent years, however, Stuhlmacher has parted from Käsemann’s commitment to the theology of the cross as the center of scripture. He has asserted a new foundation for biblical theology, one to be found in the third article of the Apostle’s Creed, i.e., the belief in the resurrection of the dead. What has occasioned this move? What hermeneutics are at work in Käsemann’s and in Stuhlmacher’s work that can provide a glimpse into this parting of ways? A window into their thought is found in their respective work on Rom 4:1-25. Each has written on the faith of Abraham in this passage in a way that reveals his own essential hermeneutics.

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