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Book Comments: John Goldingay #3

Goldingay.jpgJohn Goldingay’s 3volume theology of the Old (First) Testament is now complete. I blogged through volume one way back when but volume two wore me down … Yet, my courage has been refreshed and I will begin volume 3 in December or January. Here’s my invitation to purchase and read along with us — I’m guessing either one post per week or one post every other week. A bit of a class on OT theological ethics.

The third volume (Old Testament Theology: Israel’s Life
) is about Israel’s life. Hence, he divides the book into:
Living with God
Living with One Another
Living with Ourselves
Here are some topics in each: Obeying and revering and praising YHWH; marriage and family and community and city and kingdom; and he has a section on spirituality — Godlikeness, holiness and purity, insight, suffering as well as sections on servants and leaders. And this is only a sample of what is found in this gem of a book.
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posted November 12, 2009 at 2:42 pm

“First Day” again?

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posted November 12, 2009 at 2:44 pm

I meant for starting the series (for old times sake)

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posted November 12, 2009 at 4:08 pm

If this is anything like the June 2, 2008 post that addressed Goldingay’s section dealing with the Presence of God, it will all be worth it’s weight in ‘gold’. That was the most refreshing take on any part of a theology of God I have worked through in a long time. Thanks for bringing to our attention.

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Dan Reid

posted November 13, 2009 at 10:49 am

Good idea, Scot. Just don’t get cranky again about the long chapters. If it helps, think of the chapters as sections and the major headings as chapters! And look at the (flap) cover copy, where I tried to offer an approach: “Students will profit from a semester in its courts, and ministers of the Word will find their preaching and teaching deeply enriched by wandering in its halls and meditating in its chambers.”

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Scot McKnight

posted November 13, 2009 at 10:51 am

Well, Dan, I’m not sure it’s so much about chapter length as it is about plot. I’ll let you know as I read it.

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