"What the theology and biblical scholarship of the next decades must accomplish is a single flow of what modernity's theology separated as dogmatic reflection, exegesis, and speculation" (Robert Jenson, Canon and Creed, 121)
And I couldn't agree more! Much exegetical work produced by New Testament scholars often lacks the crucial follow-through
. It can make plenty of comments about socio-historical contingencies, and the grammar and syntax of a given text, but so often falls short of thinking through what they claim the text is talking about. This is one key reason why Campbell's Deliverance of God
is ahead of the rest in that field, and why the bibilcal exegete cannot duck systematics. As Barth saw years ago, the historical-critical scholars are not critical enough!