Det Gamle Testamentes kanoniske status
Omkring Notger Slenczka, Vom Alten Testament und vom Neuen. Beiträge zur Neuvermessung ihres Verhältnisses
Taking departure in the invitation in Slenczkas new book to
discuss the role of the Jewish Holy Scriptures in a Christian canon, this
article starts with contesting the validity of the arguments for introducing
Old Testament readings in the service of the Danish Church.
Reading the Old Testament in the light of Christian faith as if it in reality
is about Christ was no longer possible after Enlightenment. With a
historical and critical study, it became clear, that the Old Testament was
Jewish and not Christian Scripture. In continuation of some deliberations
in Luther, and especially the thoughts of F. Schleiermacher, A. von
Harnack and R. Bultmann, Slenczka argues, that we today need to draw
the consequence of this view. It was only in the reception of the Church
that the Old Testament became a Christian text, and this cannot be
ascribed a retroactive effect, a Jewish understanding and reception being
much more appropriate. Its meaning in a Christian Bible, therefore,
can only be to witness about man’s place towards God without Christ.
From this follows that in a Christian Bible the Old Testament cannot
figure with the same degree of canonicity as the New, instead it should
be reckoned at the same level as the Old Testament Apocrypha.