Main Session #4: “Old Testament Theology” by Stephen Dempster
Summary: In this session, Dr. Dempster explores the topic of Old Testament theology, describing the endeavor as an attempt to unpack the meaning of this Old Testament that so saturated Jesus’ mind and speech. Too often we stand too close and lose sight of the big picture, so the task of Old Testament theology is to give us a perspective of the whole and how the individuals parts fit into this whole. Dr. Dempster goes on to consider key themes like the numbers 40 and 3 as longer and shorter periods of testing; the resurrection in the Old Testament as unexpected life that comes out of “death,” understood in terms of threats to human flourishing; and the overarching shape of the Hebrew Bible.
Dr. Stephen Dempster (PhD, University of Toronto) is Professor of Religious Studies at Crandall University. Dr. Dempster is the author of numerous academic articles on the Old Testament canon and biblical theology. He has also authored two books, Dominion & Dynasty: A Theology of the Hebrew Bible and a forthcoming commentary on Micah in the Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary Series. He and his wife, Judy, have six children: Jessica, Joanna, Nathan, Michael, Holly and Victoria. They also have four grandchildren: Colby, Alexis, Braelyn, and one soon to be born. (See his full bio at http://www.crandallu.ca/staff/stephen-dempster/).