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As Iron Sharpens Iron: Listening to the Various Voices of Scripture Paperback – August 2, 2016
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- Publisher : Greg Kofford Books (August 2, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 200 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1589585011
- ISBN-13 : 978-1589585010
- Item Weight : 9.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.46 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,282,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It compares and contrasts theology and approaches of various stories in the scriptures, illustrating them more deeply -- and illustrating the friction and the contrast in the scriptures. They are not a uniform voice.
Definitely worth the purchase, no matter what format you get it in.
True, these are imaginary conversations, but they are heavily steeped in the actual scriptural records. The authors tired to imagine what might have been the topics and attitudes these characters would have been most concerned with. And we have preserved in the Old Testament perhaps the oldest example of this literary device in the Book of Job. The structure of Job, with Job and his friends taking turns setting out their theses, and responding to each other, only serves to sharpen the differences and highlight different understandings of suffering, humanity, and the relationships we have with each other and God. Galileo also used this device to set forth his at-the-time heretical views of astronomy by having three fictional characters debate the Copernican and heliocentric views of the solar system. This book is a great example of .how that literary tradition can use art to help us understand greater and more important ideas, by forcing us to stretch our traditional and closely held ideas.
It also succeeds as an edited collection in that the quality and significance of the various contributions are almost uniformly great, and also allow for even greater emotional impact that can truly change our paradigm and broaden our understanding. To use the "iron sharpens iron' motif, there is a fine edge to this collection, which cuts to the core of understanding of God, his relationship with us, and our relationships with each other. Well done, and highly recommended.