The Agenda For Biblical Studies In The 21St Century Issues And Challenges[二十一世紀聖經研究獻議(中譯)] / Murray J. Harris 夏理士





Many issues press for attention in biblical studies. With regard to the Old Testament (OT), the current focus on the holistic reading of texts raises the issue of the process of composition leading to the final form of a book. The question of historicity and the place of archaeology remains perennial issues. The so-called “new literary criticism” with its advocacy of an open-ended polyvalence of texts should prompt defenses of the pursuit of an author’s intended meaning. Recent disturbing trends in the study of Israelite religion call for a response. We need a fresh study of Isaiah’s “Servant Songs”, a standard successor to Gesenius-Kautzch-Cawley, and exegetical guide to the Hebrew Bible, and a comprehensive grammar of the LXX.

In the New Testament (NT) studies, it would be splendid to have an archaeological commentary, with further study on the Gospel of Thomas, and in the area of grammar specialized studies of the genitive, the aorist tense, the article, prepositions, and the style of individual authors. Wider issues include Jew-Gentile relations in the early church, the relation of Paul to Jesus, unity and diversity in the NT, NT theology, and the examination of the NT foundations of distinctive evangelical convictions.

In biblical theology, special attention should be given to the use of the OT in the NT, the legitimacy of harmonization, the doctrine of the Trinity, names in the Bible, sacrifice, the doctrine of forgiveness, and the search for the center of each old and new Testament, and of Scripture as a whole.

Three challenges have been identified: the need for worldwide cooperation among evangelicals in strategically important research and publication ventures; the need to respect the past as well as engaging the present; and the need for the translation of the key works.