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"Professor Fretheim has written an extraordinary book reflecting his long, prolific, and generative scholarly career. Fretheim has long thought on the matter of creation theology, read and digested everything written on the subject in Old Testament studies, and produced a remarkable, critical statement that balances close exegesis and large theological interpretation. Fretheim has been at the forefront of the 'turn' in Old Testament studies to creation theology; here he provides a summary statement of that turn and then proceeds with rich, textual exposition that is open to important contemporary connection. This is a book that people in the field will treasure. It is, at the same time, a book accessible to more general readers and one that even church theologians cannot afford to ignore. Fretheim has indeed 'written the book' that will be a reference point for a long time to come. Its publication is a most welcome one."

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2001 TERENCE E. FRETHEIM is Elva B. Lovell Professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and has been on the faculty of 7 seminary schools, including Princeton, Graduate Theological Union, Vancouver and McCormick. He has authored or contributed to eighteen books, four by Abingdon and a forthcoming commentary on Jeremiah.
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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (July 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0687342961
  • ISBN-13: 978-0687342969
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #525,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I really enjoy the perspective and insights of Terence Fretheim, and this book was no exception. He has a good grasp of how God works in the world and how to read and understand the Old Testament so that it reveals the God of the Old Testament in a way that looks like Jesus Christ.

This volume in particular is Fretheim's sweeping view of how to read the Old Testament in a way that makes the theology of the Old Testament reveal God as a relational being, who seeks to love, care, and provide for His children. Many theologies of God from the Old Testament portray God as distant from the world, or focus primarily on his attributes and characteristics. This book by Fretheim shows that the God of the Old Testament wants to reveal love and concern for us, His creation.
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This is one of the best OT theologies I have read. This is an excellent articulation of what it means to connect with the vocation of being human. This rises above so much of what is assumed about God within the status quo of Christian faith. Our redemption is so much more than getting the answers right in order to access the secret club of heaven. Fretheim unpacks redemption with depth and inspiration.
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This book presents a timely and fresh perspective on understanding how God relates to all of creation and moves beyond the narrow focus that God is only interested in certain people or only in "spiritual" salvation of certain people.
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Terry Fretheim's God and World in the Old Testament (as the cover suggests) explores God's relationship with the world, as seen through the Old Testament. Fretheim is well-known for Relational Theology. This book adds significantly to his observations about how God functions in a relationship with the world, and with people.
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In God and World in the Old Testament, Terence Fretheim attempts "to develop a relational theology of creation."[1] In so doing, he has to come against the traditional historical-critical interpretive grid, from both conservative and liberal scholars, and their resultant interpretations of the Israel's history. The premise of his argument is based largely on Genesis 1 and 2, which has both chronological and therefore, for Fretheim, theological priority over Genesis 3 and its subsequent implications. Thus "God's work as Creator (whether recognized or not) actually and always precedes God's work as Redeemer...The objective of God's work in redemption is to free people to be what they were created to be, the effect of which is named salvation."[2] This has far-reaching implications, from God's original purpose in creating humankind, which has much to do with continuing creation in the good-but-not-perfect world,[3] to eschatology. God's creation is in the process of becoming, even prior to the fall.[4] God has begun a "multilateral" project that involves Himself, humans, and nonhuman creation, all of whom/which have a role in creation's becoming.[5] The goal of this project: new creation.

Creating is the divine eschatological action whereby God brings a new heaven and earth into being...The character of the eventual completion of this creation is revealing of the direction for all of God's prior work, whether in creation or redemption. The books of Genesis and Revelation provide a creational bracket for the Bible, and texts in between are a continuing witness to the purposive work of God toward this new creation.
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