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Contours of Old Testament Theology by Bernhard W. Anderson

By Bernhard W. Anderson

During this masterwork, considered one of America's best biblical students takes a clean examine the theology of the previous testomony. Anderson cuts his personal direction and gives us with inventive new insights on all of the significant sections of the outdated testomony. He illuminates the nuances of a few of the covenants and theological shifts in a hugely readable variety. His dialog companions contain the formative individuals from either the Christian group (Eichrodt, von Rad, Childs) and the Jewish neighborhood (Heschel, Herberg, Levenson) whereas interacting with the latest advancements within the box, in particular Walter Brueggemann's Theology of the outdated testomony.

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10: 12-171David's obligation of friendship las ted even ix:yond Jonathan's death ( 1 Sam_ 9:1, 2, 7). I. Such loyalty, according to Sakenleld, is not a virtue but ralher an obligationSOmething 10 be done, whi ch accounts for the emphasis on "faithfulness in action", to do, to maintain, 10 love mtd {Mic. 6 :8 ) _ Moreover, we must not think of noblesse oblige-people 01 high standi ng behaving nobly toward inferiOrs, for example, the rich gi vi ng condescendingly 10 the poor. Rath er, royalty arises from the relatio nship itself, not from external law or social custom.

God il ~ems, mUSt be c)lpcllcd fmm his£OI)' by the modem histori an, just as (Cod) is (xpelled from naTll~ by the modem sc;enliR 16 The resul t is, he writes, th at neit he r modern Jewish nor modem Christian theo . log ians ca n affirm God's real presence in hisLOry blit , at most, Cod's provide nce over it. Atte mpting to undel"'i ta nd the mystery of the sea, which is enshrined in a ncient poetry a nd Story, Fackenhei m says that those involved in the event did no t interpre t it as a mi racle but experienced it as onc, as an act of God.

116: 13 ). n e Priestly writer inherited and interprered onc strand 01 Old Epic trad it ion tha t traced the cultic practice 10 t he time of Moses Icontrary to Gen. 4;26b). Remember th e story to ld in Exodus 3, about /I,·loses' experience of the holy at a mountain in the wilderness. ne narrator says thal when '''loses e ncountered "God" (Elohim ), he was told that he was sta nd ing on holy ground an d should take off his sanda ls as a gesture of reverence. When asked the name of the de ity, he was wld in a somewhat evasive manner th~ [ he should le ~d the Hebrew slaves out of Egypt in the name o f the god , Ya hweh (tra nslated "The Lord").

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