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date: 23 October 2019

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Were the early Christians to hear of ‘systematic theology’, they would probably be astonished to find that it is something different from ‘biblical studies’, to discover that in contemporary theological education one usually encounters systematic theology and biblical studies as two separately conceived disciplines, each with its own rules of inquiry and corresponding community of discourse. In the postmodern period, one may experience the opposite surprise upon finding a biblical-studies article in a text on systematic theology. This article examines the relationship between biblical studies and systematic theology by surveying the history of their original unity and subsequent separation. It is impossible to trace every detail of this complex development, but a strategic selection of crucial figures and critical moments provides the background for reflection about the relationship between the two disciplines today.

Keywords: systematic theology, Christianity, theological education, biblical studies, postmodern period

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