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Christian ProphecyThe Post-Biblical Tradition$
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Niels Christian Hvidt

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195314472

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314472.001.0001

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 Prophecy and Theology

 Prophecy and Theology

(p.23) 2 Prophecy and Theology
Christian Prophecy

Niels Christian Hvidt (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Although Christian prophecy has had a significant impact in the life of the church, it has received rather scarce theological elaboration. This is strange, for with Hans Urs von Balthasar one can rightly ask why God continues to provide prophetic revelations, when apparently they hardly need to be heeded by the church and theology. One of the reasons for the scarce theological elaboration of prophecy is that theology has been highly diversified and specialized in different sub-disciplines. Such necessary specialization constitutes a challenge for the unity of theology. It equally constitutes a challenge for Christian prophecy that calls for diversified theological treatment including dogmatic theology, fundamental theology, exegesis, church history, and mystical theology.

Keywords:   prophets, unity of theology, diversification of theology, Hans Urs von Balthasar

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