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Terence E. Fretheim Johanna van Wijk-Bos has written a clear and compelling study of the Pentateuch as a rich resource for Christian faith and practice. Devoting special attention to the Torah as instruction, she highlights its pervasive concern for showing hospitality to the stranger. Often bringing New Testament texts into a lively conversation with the Torah, she is especially alert to helpful ways of appropriating all of these texts for theological and ethical reflection.

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Johanna W H van Wijk-Bos is Dora Professor of Bible and Professor of Old Testament at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Kentucky. An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church, she is also author of Reformed and Feminist: A Challenge to the Church.
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  • Paperback: 353 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. (September 14, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802809901
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802809902
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #502,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Marston on April 9, 2009
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I give this book four stars for these two reasons: 1) The writing is accesible and clear. 2) The author persuasively makes this case that Christians should pay more attention to the Torah. She also highlights an important thread in the Torah: God's call to care for the stranger, the orphan, and the widow. I do not always agree with the author's conclusions but gladly echo her sentiments and appreciate her insights. For anyone who is repelled by the Old Testament's picture of God or offended by Israel's election or the presence of violence in the Old Testament, this book is an necessary read. The author is a "Reformed feminist" who is very aware of herself in her readings of the Torah texts.

At times, van Wijk-Bos' attention to the important and pervasive theme about care for the outsider seems to neglect other central elements. It is by no means exhaustive or complete, but successful in what it sets out to do: help Christians see the importance of Torah and correct misconceptions about Torah.
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By rev.ian.m on May 30, 2015
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this book was a required reading for a seminary class. and i am glad it was. very clear and concise connections between the two testaments. I have re-read this book since and continue to make it a "go to" in my sermon research.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Narrowminded1 on November 24, 2013
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This was a required textbook for my Pentateuch class. The class could have done without it. The author too often exposed her biases for my liking. If you are a hard-core feminist, then perhaps you will enjoy her rants and rhetoric. Myself, as an authentic feminist (in the Jesus tradition), thought that the author's reductionist, anti-anti feminist language lacked an appropriate critical-thinking approach a few times, and thus spoiled an otherwise fine reflection on the text of the Pentateuch.
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