Project in Biblical and Theological Studies

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Start Date: 
Monday, October 1, 1990
End Date: 
Thursday, September 30, 1993

Following on the sense that the modern history of theological education is one of increasing fragmentation and specialization, Princeton Theological Seminary examined the prospects for a more unified understanding of the nature of theological study. At issue was the relationship between the biblical branch of theological studies and other branches, especially systematic theology. Biblical work is often carried out undisturbed and unchallenged by questions arising from other theologically-related studies. Conversely, these theological disciplines, such as systematic theology or church history, proceed relatively unaffected by fundamental questions posed by biblical studies. Several interdisciplinary work groups were formed, each investigating one important biblical-theological topic. The groups then met periodically to share their findings, always looking for the intersections and connections between their work and that of others. An external evaluator was invited to meet with a steering committee. Members of the steering committee included: Professors R.H. Cram (Richmond), J.R. Donahue (Notre Dame), P.D. Hanson (Harvard), U.W. Mauser (Princeton, chair), P.D. Miller, Jr. (Princeton), A. Purves (Pittsburgh), K.D. Sakenfield (Princeton), and M. Welker (Munster, Germany). The project was expected to clarify ways by which a coherent philosophy of theological education could emerge and theological curricula be reorganized. (KA)