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Old Testament Theology: Reading the Hebrew Bible as Christian Scripture Hardcover – November 19, 2013
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--Joel S. Kaminsky, Smith College
In this engaging and provocative volume, leading Old Testament theologian Walter Moberly explores what is necessary to understand and appropriate the Hebrew Bible as a fundamental resource for Christian theology and life today. Old Testament Theology offers a creative example of theological interpretation, modeling a way of doing Old Testament theology that takes seriously both the nature of the biblical text as ancient text and also the questions and difficulties that arise as believers read this text in a contemporary setting.
Moberly offers an in-depth study of key Old Testament passages, highlighting enduring issues in Hebrew Bible interpretation and discussing Jewish readings alongside Christian readings. The volume is representative of the content of Israel's scriptures rather than comprehensive, yet it discusses most of the major topics of Old Testament theology. Moberly is attentive to varying ways of reading Israel's scriptures throughout history and to contemporary challenges in appropriating the content of the Old Testament. He demonstrates a Christian approach to reading the Old Testament that holds together the priorities of both scholarship and faith.
From the Back Cover
--Brent A. Strawn, Candler School of Theology, Emory University
"Old Testament theology in the form of eight exegetical performances. A Moberly omnibus: clear, thoughtful, engaging, and of contemporary relevance."
--Christopher Seitz, Wycliffe College, University of Toronto
"A truly exegetical approach! Moberly's signature style is patient, humane, and wise, combining loving attention to representative biblical texts (rather than general 'themes') with probing reflection on what it might mean for twenty-first-century Christians to enter imaginatively into Israel's heritage. The result is at once a deft response to the Old Testament's modern despisers, a sympathetic engagement with Judaism, and a sustained, compelling appeal to reintegrate Old Testament interpretation within the conceptual framework of classical Christianity and the concrete practices of Christian life."
--Stephen B. Chapman, Duke University
"Anyone who appreciates Walter Moberly's writing will appreciate this new work: urbane, focused, careful, learned, nuanced, fearless, independent, rejoicing to look closely at a few trees in the conviction that they will throw light on the nature of the forest, and conservative in the best possible way. When Professor Moberly dives down promising rabbit holes, you never know where they will lead, but you know that the exploration will be engaging, intriguing, and well worth the admission price."
--John Goldingay, Fuller Theological Seminary
"Moberly, a pioneer in reading the Old Testament as Christian Scripture, presents here an engaging model for appropriating that ancient text for life. Through careful readings of representative texts and informed theological reflection, he demonstrates significant resonances across the canon. This work, however, is no mere academic exercise. Moberly explores the person of God to give realistic direction to faith. This novel Old Testament theology is stimulating--more important, it is useful."
--M. Daniel Carroll R. (Rodas), Denver Seminary
- Publisher : Baker Academic (November 19, 2013)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0801048850
- ISBN-13 : 978-0801048852
- Item Weight : 1.35 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.25 x 1.25 x 9.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,545,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I learned better techniques in hermenuetics which should be applied to all of the OT, very thorough exegesis of particular passages and the main general themes of Israel's purpose, all with a heart for the application in our contemporary churches, elegantly weaved together and growing upon the previous chapters.
This book is so well written, it is helpful even in learning to communicate with more nuance and beauty. No words or sentences seem out of place or redundant. Moberly is not simply uploading data. It's relatively short length should not be equated with lack of content. His clarity allows so much to be said without overstating his case. He has the ability help the reader, contemplate the Old Testament with a more generous appreciation of it. So much of it is not what you read, but how you think about after. This is a book I have loved interacting with more than most I have read in the past few years. Moberly has made the Old Testament come alive even more for me. This is a book I will continue to come back to.