by Eugene Merrill
It is impossible for the Christian theologian to ignore the New Testament for even if he does not (or in our case cannot) continue the pursuit of biblical theology to the conclusion of the whole canon, he cannot escape his tradition and the conscious or even subconscious baggage that that entails. He cannot read the Old Testament apart from the deep impress and impact of the New Testament upon his psyche to say nothing of trying to present a coherent, objective theological construct devoid of any input from the New Testament.
We confess, then, to having done an Old Testament theology through a Christian New Testament lens and for this offer no apology. What is required in the ideal is that a work like this should move beyond the Hebrew Scriptures to trace the theological themes that have been surfaced to their logical, theological, and canonical conclusions in the Greek Bible, the two parts thus yielding the fullness of the saving message.