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Theologies in the Old Testament.

Gerstenberger, Erhard S. (Author). Bowden, John. (Added Author).
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Subject: Bible. Old Testament > Theology.
Bible > Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Bible > Social scientific criticism.
Philosophy & Religion.
Genre: Electronic books.

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  • ISBN: 9780567188151
  • ISBN: 0567188159
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (369 pages)
  • Publisher: London : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2002.

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Formatted Contents Note: Cover; Contents; Preface; 1. PRELIMINARY REMARKS; 2. INTRODUCTION; 2.1 From what context do we consider the Old Testament?; 2.2 What is the status of the Old Testament writings?; 2.3 What are our aims in interpreting the ancient traditions?; 3. A SKETCH OF THE SOCIAL HISTORY OF ISRAEL; 3.1 Family and clan; 3.2 Village and small town; 3.3 Tribal alliances; 3.4 The monarchical state; 3.5 Confessional and parochial communities; 4. THE DEITY IN THE CIRCLE OF FAMILY AND CLAN; 4.1 The horizon of faith; 4.2 Cultic actions; 4.3 Ideas of God; 4.4 The ethic of family and clan.
4.5 Theology from the family -- theology of the individual5. DEITIES OF THE VILLAGE (SMALL-TOWN) COMMUNITY; 5.1 The social history of Palestine; 5.2 Village structures; 5.3 Rituals and cults; 5.4 Ethics and the administration of justice; 5.5 The theology of the settled community; 6. GOD AND GODDESS IN THE TRIBAL ALLIANCE; 6.1 The biblical picture of the tribal system; 6.2 The origin of Israel; 6.3 The structure of the tribes; 6.4 Cultic actions; 6.5 Ideas of God; 6.6 Faith and ethics; 6.7 Ideologies of war? Liberation theology?; 6.8 How were larger societies organized?
7. KINGDOM THEOLOGIES IN ISRAEL7.1 The sources; 7.2 Internal organization; 7.3 Foreign policy; 7.4 Theology of king and state; 7.5 The opposition from peripheral groups (prophecy); 7.6 Were there special features in the northern kingdom of Israel?; 7.7 The theology of the southern kingdom after David (Jerusalem theology); 7.8 Popular belief; 7.9 National religion?; 8. THE FAITH COMMUNITY OF ''ISRAEL'' AFTER THE DEPORTATIONS; 8.1 The political and social situation: internal structures; 8.2 The origin of the holy scriptures; 8.3 Yahweh, the only God; The name and exclusiveness of Yahweh.
The legacy of family and village religionThe power and impotence of God; Justice and peace; Creation and history; Guilt and atonement; Summary; 8.4 The cult: temple and synagogue; 8.5 Popular belief; 8.6 The ethic of the Yahweh community; 8.7 What remains?; 9. POLYTHEISM, SYNCRETISM AND THE ONE GOD; 9.1 Conceptual clarifications; 9.2 Changes: the accumulation and interdependence of images of God; 9.3 Tensions between the theologies of ancient Israel; 10. EFFECTS AND CONTROVERSIES; 10.1 Christian perspectives?; 10.2 The ecumenicity of our theology; 10.3 The autonomous human being.
10.4 The unjust, unredeemed world10.5 God: personal or impersonal?; 10.6 The liberating God; 10.7 An ethic of responsibility; 10.8 Images of God today; 10.9 Parallel theologies (pluralism)?; 10.10 Relativity, absoluteness, globalization; 10.11 Monism and dualism; 10.12 Anthropology; 10.13 History and eschaton; 10.14 Our God today; 10.15 God for all; APPENDIX: GOD IN OUR TIME; Abbreviations; Bibliography; Index of Biblical References; Index of Modern Authors; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; U; V; W; Z.
Summary: The author here offers a radical departure from traditional treatments of Old Testament theology. Rather than offering a systematic approach, he discusses the various theological voices coming from different social settings within ancient Israel: the family and the clan, village, tribal alliance, and kingdom. Gerstenberger concludes with his reflections on how the biblical witness informs contemporary theology, and must be contextual and ecumenical in order to be authentic.
Language Note: English.
Source of Description Note: Print version record.

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