Gerhard von Rad Not Well Liked?

I bought his Old Testament Theology because its single volume (but not abridged) edition was on sale for $10 and it was recommended by a few people. I haven’t read it yet except the section on Ecclesiastes, but I’ve read nothing but negative things from other commentators when he is mentioned (Eaton, Waltke and others). His work has been praised by many but his theology always seems to come into question. Maybe it’s because I’ve  been concentrating on wisdom literature and he’s a little wonky on that? What’s the deal?

2 Responses to “Gerhard von Rad Not Well Liked?”

  1. 1 El Bryan Libre

    When you say his theology, do you mean his personal theology unrelated to his actual Biblical theology that he wrote? I’m trying to figure out what you mean in differentiating his work from his theology.

  2. 2 Scripture Zealot

    I don’t know if I’m even sure what I mean. He seems to be popular and did some important work, but whenever a comments on something von Rad said about a certain passage, it’s always negative. I wish I would have written them down.

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