Numbers (Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible)
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"The Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible is a crucial venture, and Stubbs's Numbers is a most welcome addition. With great passion for the text and the people it seeks to form, Stubbs demonstrates that the theological wisdom of the past helps to display the profound importance of the book of Numbers for the cultivation of scripturally shaped ecclesial life. No less does Stubbs's commentary show the interpretive merits gained by thorough interaction with modern biblical study. In short, Stubbs is to be commended for his steadfast rejection of the false alternative so often posed between ancient and contemporary hermeneutical strategies. Stubbs reads this Old Testament book with an interpretive patience, literary attentiveness, and theological freedom that invite us all to return to the text and consider it more closely--surely a proper end of any theological exegesis worth its name."--C. Kavin Rowe, Duke Divinity School
"The editors of the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible have chosen theologians for whom doctrine is a living engagement with the tradition, a habit of mind and heart, not a chiseling of propositions on stone tablets--theologians like David Stubbs. His commentary on Numbers helps to bridge the divide that has arisen between theologians and exegetes to the impoverishment of both and the Church. He sees in the diverse material of Numbers a consistent portrayal of God as a 'burning fire that tests us and ultimately cleanses us to make us holy.'"--Thomas A. Boogaart, Western Theological Seminary
From the Back Cover
"David Stubbs is an able guide as he focuses on the literary shape of the final form of Numbers and its theological implications for the life of the Christian church. Stubbs provides a rich and substantive Christian reading of Numbers, focusing on its vision of who the people of God are to be, the failure of the people to live up to God's vision and God's faithfulness in spite of that failure, and the reorganization and new beginning of an emerging generation of God's people as they prepare for life in the promised land of Canaan. Stubbs interacts responsibly with current Old Testament scholarship on Numbers. He also expands his commentary into a dense theological dialogue with New Testament texts, modern Jewish interpreters, and a wide array of Christian interpreters. And he takes up a host of substantive theological issues and concerns. Stubbs manages to offer up a sumptuous theological feast out of what is sometimes seen as the dry fare of the book of Numbers."--Dennis Olson, Princeton Theological Seminary
"Stubbs's sophisticated literary approach is just what is needed to engage the interplay of law and narrative in this, the most complex book of the Torah. Moreover, his wide-ranging theological and ecclesial imagination is deeply informed by scripture and the history of its interpretation by both Jews and Christians. Stubbs has opened up the riches of a book that was effectively closed to the church, making it accessible and even indispensable for our journey with God."--Ellen F. Davis, Duke Divinity School
General editor: R. R. Reno (Creighton University)
Series editors: Robert W. Jenson (Center of Theological Inquiry)
Robert Louis Wilken (University of Virginia)
Ephraim Radner (Wycliffe College, University of Toronto)
Michael Root (Catholic University of America)
George Sumner (Wycliffe College, University of Toronto)
- Publisher : Brazos Press (October 1, 2009)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1587431408
- ISBN-13 : 978-1587431401
- Item Weight : 1.14 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 1 x 9.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,091,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One example of an issue I found helpful is the discussion of Clean and Unclean from Numbers 5:1-4. (p52-56). Stubbs spends over 3 pages unpacking the worldview behind the emphasis on maintaining the purity of the Tabernacle and Israel's camp. What I found most helpful was his point that Jesus broke every one of the purity guidelines. He deduces that in the New Testament, the Presence of God in Christ heals or overcomes the various causes of impurity that isolated us under the Old Covenant - those who would have been cast out of the Israelite camp for their impurities are embraced, healed and forgiven by Jesus. Stubbs' summary delves into current issues of physical and moral integrity for the Church.
I will be exploring other volumes in this series.