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Getting Involved with God: Rediscovering the Old Testament Kindle Edition

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Ellen Davis continues the core task of biblical exposition for the sake of the church. . . . Through it all Ellen Davis utilizes her considerable gifts of sensitivity to the text, attentiveness to the spirit at work in the text, and care for the church that it may grow closer to the God given in the text. Of special interest to me was her fresh reading of the Song of Solomon, which offers ‘the ecstatic aspect of the love that is the main subject of the whole Bible.’ Readers will dip in at any point in this book and be invited to thinking and praying again and obeying differently and freely. (Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary)

Ellen Davis’ work in this dazzling book can be compared to that of an exceptional rock climber putting up new routes on the world’s most challenging walls. Combining ease with skill and nerve with artistry, she tackles some of the most difficult portions of the Old Testament. Professor Davis is working on the razor’s edge of current hermeneutical practice, but she knows exactly how to speak to the ordinary Christian in a sparkling prose style. If you want to be up to date on the very latest developments in postmodern biblical interpretation and at the same time be thrilled and delighted with rich insights into the life of faith, this is the book to have right now. (Fleming Rutledge)

Ellen Davis has recovered a long-lost theological genre: brilliant, probing, scholarly interpretation of the Bible that flows into proclamation and challenges us to return to the text itself in a continuing engagement with the God who shares our pain. (Brevard S. Childs)

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ELLEN F. DAVIS is Associate Professor of Bible and Practical Theology at Duke Divinity School. She has previously taught at Union Seminary, Yale Divinity School, and the Virginia Theological Seminary. Her other books include a theological commentary on Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Songs, and Imagination Shaped: Old Testament Preaching in the Anglican Tradition.

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By David T. Simmons on March 1, 2002
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Dr. Davis' book is not an exhaustive commentary, but a series of reflections on selected texts of the Hebrew Scriptures. It is an excellent source for delving into the wisdom of the Old Testament for both novices and the learned. While written from the perspective of a believing Christian, her commentary is heavily influenced by her extensive experience in dialog with Rabbinic Judaism and its texts. Especially intriguing is her commentary on the Ecological Crisis and the imperatives found in the Scriptures to act as good stewards of the land.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Deborah B. Mitchell on January 5, 2007
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Davis does an outstanding job shedding light on tough passages from the Old Testament such as the Binding of Isaac and the cursing psalms. Through impressive scholarship (she does all of her own Biblical translations), she reveals a story of God's quest to have a relationship with humankind - as captured by the Old Testament. Well worth reading.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Thiemann on April 19, 2003
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In a very personal and engaging way, Ellen Davis challenges misconceptions about the Old Testament and successfully prods the reader to participate in a spiritually engaged reading of the Old Testament.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bryant Cornett on December 15, 2013
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I've been called an Old Testament Christian before, so it's not likely a surprise that I would like this book. But Ellen Davis does something special and unexpected here, because I don't agree with her on a number of points. Still, this book gave me a view of a facet of the diamond that is the Gospel that, frankly, I'd never seen.

The book is divided into five sections: the Psalms, Love, Wisdom, Disciplines of the Heart and Ecotheology.

Here are some things that opened Scripture up for me through this book:
1. How can we reconcile those hard Psalms--the ones that pray for the destruction of our enemies? Davis reminds us that the Psalms "are undisgussedly human utterances (pg. 9)." While the rest of the Bible is formatted as God's Word/message to us, the Psalms are our imperfect prayer to God--God's Word THROUGH us. And as imperfect beings, harshness shows through. When pressure from the outside mounts, then the Psalmist leans in with "cries of anguish and rage [that] would seem to violate all the rules for Christian prayer." (pg. 14) Davis points out that this truth of heart to God is the first step toward praise. The answer I loved here is this idea that these Psalms show real-time conversion back to the heart and mindset of God. The Psalmist almost always comes out a different door than he went in.

"The point of the shocking psalms is not to sanctify what is shameful (for example, the desire for sweet revenge) or to make us feel better about parts of ourselves that stand in need of change. Rather, the Psalms teach us that profound change happens always in the presence of God. " (pg. 5)

"So the Psalms call for honest speech, but honesty is not everything in an intimate relationship.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By AliV on January 23, 2013
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I read this book for a seminary class. Ellen Davis does a beautiful job of illustrating the profound human, emotive, cognitive power of books, stories, and themes in the Old Testament and how those books, stories, and themes deepen Christian faith. The chapters on Psalms, Ecclesiastes, and Job especially stand out to me. They are ones that I have recommended to friends, ones that have shaped how I understand the role of faith in facing grief, and ones that I imagine I will come back to over and over. I highly recommend this book for anyone seeking to understand how to faithfully read the OT, anyone questioning how to honestly face painful experiences as people of faith, and anyone hoping to better understand God's involvement in the world, in history, and in our individual lives.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JSM on March 31, 2011
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I bought this book for a bible study class in 2009 and found it to be interesting and easy to follow... a little too easy as a matter of fact. I would have liked it if Prof. Davis had gotten a little more in-depth on some of the topics. I realize she was probably writing this book for a wide audience, but I wish she had had more of a mind towards an intellectual crowd as I often found the essays ending just as she was getting to the most interesting points. Maybe I'll have to track down some of her other work for that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MStover on January 1, 2013
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Ellen Davis does a wonderful job engaging modern Christians with the God of the Old Testament. This book not only does a great job explaining facets of the Old Testament and brings new light to the words of the OT, it also helps demonstrate the continuity of the God of the OT and God as seen in the NT.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By tim on September 6, 2012
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This is a really good book that contains excellent scholarship yet attempts to do more than engage the reader intellectually. This work attempts to move people to action, through the matrix of Old Testament studies.
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