Quiz on New Testament use of the Old Testament

I’m not doing very well at blogging less so far. My excuse is that at least this week Saturday is the only day when I have significant time to give to this, so I am taking my chance.

I just took an interesting quiz about the different views of the New Testament’s use of the Old Testament. This quiz is presented by Zondervan in connection with a forthcoming book. Thanks to ElShaddai for the link. I score a bare majority of 51% for the Single Meaning, Multiple Contexts and Referents view described below, and 43% for the Fuller Meaning, Single Goal view for which ElShaddai posted the description. I must say I find the distinction between these two views to be very subtle, but then perhaps I should read the book.

NT Use of the OT — Test Your View!
Single Meaning, Multiple Contexts and Referents view 

You seem to be most closely aligned with the Single Meaning, Multiple Contexts and Referents view, a view defended by Darrell L. Bock in the book “Three Views on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament” (edited by Kenneth Berding and Jonathan Lunde, Nov. 2008). This view affirms the singular nature of the meanings intended by the OT and NT authors when OT texts are cited in the NT. In spite of this essential unity in meaning, however, the words of the OT authors frequently take on new dimensions of significance and are found to apply appropriately to new referents and new situations as God’s purposes unfold in the larger canonical context. Often, these referents were not in the minds of the OT authors when they penned their texts. For more info, see the book, or attend a special session devoted to the topic at the ETS Annual Meeting in Providence, RI (Nov. 2008); Walter C. Kaiser Jr., Darrell L. Bock, and Peter Enns will all present their views.

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7 thoughts on “Quiz on New Testament use of the Old Testament

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  2. I could be reading it wrong, but I thought the percentages were for showing the results of all the “takers” of the quiz, not our individual test results. But I agree that the book *does* look interesting…

  3. Ah, ElShaddai and Jesse, it seems you are right. The figures have now shifted to 49% for my view, 45% for ElShaddai’s, and 6% for the third one. But I do think may answers were somewhat ambiguous between the first two views.

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  5. I’m a single meaning, multiple contexts guy it seems.

    I do wonder if the reality is that sometimes the NT authors employed different hermaneutics? For example, Paul’s use of allegory in Galations is surely nothing to with the meaning of the OT text at all.

    I think I would say that most of the time, OT texts have their meaning re-applied to a different context, one which sees Israel’s hopes and promises fulfilled in Christ. Its hard to say how much the OT authors actually knew or saw. I do think people that talk as if e.g. David knew everything about Jesus go too far: if that was the case, how can Paul talk about the mystery/secret of the gospel which was revealed only in his own days?

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