It is said that the canonical approach by Childs represents a paradigm shift. Accordingly it is stated that Childs operates a-historically. This article
hypothesised that the canonical approach still finds itself in the mainstream
of historical criticism. Childs depends on the result of the historical critical
method for the implementation of his approach. Childs still finds himself in
the same cadre as his mentors Karl Barth and Gerhard von Rad. He can therefore not be labelled as a-historical.