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In his book Introduction to Old Testament as Scripture, Brevard Childs explains his approach to Canonical Criticism, term he does not like, but one that generally describes his approach to interpreting Scripture in its final form. Among critical scholars, ie, those who employ historical - critical methods of interpretation, Childs champions new approach to the Bible. Instead of looking for sources behind text or certain forms in text, or traditions running through text, Childs advocate approach to the Bible, which studies the final form of text. In academy, this approach turns corner towards studying the unity of the Bible and not just its diversity. His work spurred on others to read the Bible canonically, and his labors helped turn corner towards what is known today as TIS, theological interpretation of Scripture. Therefore, it is worth considering what he says on the subject of reading the Bible in its Canonical form. From his chapter on Canonical Criticism, here are a few insightful quotations, listed under five summary statements. 1. The Bible should be read as a Sacred Scripture and not just another work of literature. General hermeneutic is inadequate to deal with particular medium through which this experience has been register. The study of Canonical shape of literature is an attempt to do justice to the nature of Israel's unique history. To take the canon seriously is to stress the special quality of Old Testament humanity which is reflected in the form of Israel Sacred Scripture. 2. The goal of interpretation is found in text and not brought to text by our theological presuppositions. The major task of Canonical analysis of the Hebrew Bible is descriptive one. It seeks to understand the peculiar shape and special functions of these texts which comprise the Hebrew canon. Such analysis does not assume particular stance or faith commitment on the part of the reader because the subject of investigation is literature of Israel faith, not that of the reader. 3. The goal of interpretation is understanding what the text say, not what we can find behind the text. This is a key point where Childs critiques and challenges previous century of higher - criticism. Canonical analysis focuses its attention on the final form of the text itself. It seeks neither to use the text merely as a source for other information obtained by means of oblique reading, nor to reconstruct the history of religious development. Rather, it treats literature with its own integrity. Its concern is not to establish the history of Hebrew literature in general, but to study features of this peculiar set of religious texts in relation to their usage within the historical community of ancient Israel. To take the Canonical shape of these texts seriously is to seek to do justice to literature which Israel transmitted as a record of God's Revelation to his people along with Israel's response.

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Canonical Criticism involves paying attention to the present form of text in determining its meaning for believing community. According to James Barr, it involves concentrating authority on canonical text, and not on people or events out of which that text come. Brevard Childs say that the canon not only serves to establish outer boundaries of authoritative Scripture, but forms prism through which light from different aspects of Christian life is refract. He also notes that tradents of tradition have sought to hide their own footprints in order to focus attention on the canonical text itself and not on process. However, Childs refuses to speak of canonical Criticism as if it were on level with form Criticism or redaction Criticism. According to Childs, it represents an entirely new departure, replacing an entire historical - critical method. John H. Sailhamer views the canonical approach as including canon Criticism of Childs, as well as composition Criticism, redaction Criticism, and text linguistics.

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