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  • Series: New Studies in Biblical Theology (Book 35)
  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Academic (June 18, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830826378
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830826377
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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Not very often do books come along that solely tackle the theme of repentance, and even less those using the entirety of the canonical corpus. But in his new work, Return to Me, Mark Boda does just that, he takes the reader by the hand endeavoring to uncover the meaning of repentance as marked in the various canonical books. And leaving no stone unturned, he does arrive at his destination safely providing the reader with a robust and well-rounded definition of Biblical repentance.

Boda structures his work by first employing the discipline of Biblical theology and dedicating the first (and majority) portion to allow the Biblical writers to shape and give nuance to the theme. It’s only after finishing with Revelation that he begins to flesh out the theological implications of the findings. And in regards to these implications, I found his rooting of repentance within the Covenant relationship most compelling and without stretching its meaning too far or coloring outside the lines. But I appreciate that he didn’t stop there. I think there can be a tendency to only consider one’s inner orientation while remaining somewhat mealy-mouthed about the practical outward expressions. But Boda fearlessly goes on to say this, “what is clear, however, is that, while repentance is fundamentally an inner reorientation of covenant relationship, external changes in behavior are essential to the biblical vision of repentance, and verbal expressions often accompany it” (emphasis mine). I think Boda is correct in his assertion, that there is in fact a reorientation of one’s inner posture but it ought not negate the necessity for having an outward one.
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Wow! That is the best word to describe this book! I ordered it in early August of 2015, and when it came, I began to read it at the post office. Before I knew it two hours had gone by. It is solid Scriptural theology that examines repentance from Genesis to Revelation. Professor Boda discusses this theme of repentance at a time in the history of the church when repentance is being watered down, ignored, and even rejected among some sectors of the church. I wrote a book published at the beginning of this year: A CALL TO RETURN: Restoring the Roots of Our Relationship With Jesus. (call2return.com) I wrote about repentance in a number of places in my book. I wish I would have had Dr. Boda's book as a reference manual! It powerful and revealing. If you want to find out what the Scrpture says about the subject of repentance, this book is in a league of its own! As far as I am concerned, it is a gem and will be the classic on the subject. I've been in ministry since 1975 and was a pastor for 17 years (Florida and Puerto Rico) and have not read a better resource anywhere on the subject. It gets my highest recommendation.
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This is a wonderful resource on repentance in Scripture. The layout is pretty simple: starting in the OT and ending in the NT, Boda points out the theme of repentance in each genre of Scripture (the Law, the prophets, wisdom literature, etc.). The writing is clear and accurate. Boda does a great job of simply explaining and summarizing what the Bible teaches about repentance. There are excellent summaries at the end of each chapter and section.

I could go on about how good this book is, but rather than read my review, go get the book! If you're looking for a solid Christian resource on repentance in Scripture, this should be at or near the top of your list! (As a side, if you want a solid and more systematic look at repentance to complement Boda's book, check out Thomas Watson's "The Doctrine of Repentance.")
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