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God Is a Warrior (Studies in Old Testament Biblical Theology)
 
 

God Is a Warrior (Studies in Old Testament Biblical Theology) [Kindle Edition]

Tremper Longman III , Daniel G. Reid

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God Is a Warrior traces the development of the "divine warrior" motif through the Old and New Testaments, beginning with Israel's conflicts with her enemies and ending with Christ's victorious return in Revelation. Against the broader background of Ancient Near Eastern warrior mythology, Part I discusses Yahweh's warfare on behalf of ancient Israel, and prophecies of the coming Divine Deliverer. Part II looks at the New Testament's Divine Warrior, Jesus Christ, and his war against his spiritual enemies in the Synoptic Gospels, in Paul's letters, and in the final apocalyptic battle in the book of Revelation.

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God Is a Warrior traces the development of the "divine warrior" motif through the Old and New Testaments, beginning with Israel's conflicts with her enemies and ending with Christ's victorious return in Revelation. Against the broader background of Ancient Near Eastern warrior mythology, Part I discusses Yahweh's warfare on behalf of ancient Israel, and prophecies of the coming Divine Deliverer. Part II looks at the New Testament's Divine Warrior, Jesus Christ, and his war against his spiritual enemies in the Synoptic Gospels, in Paul's letters, and in the final apocalyptic battle in the book of Revelation.

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4.0 out of 5 stars God at War 30 April 2004
By Chad A. Moore - Published on Amazon.com
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Many Christians today might be surprised by the title of this scholarly monograph. It certainly doesn't sound devotional or inspirational, yet this topic is vital to a correct understanding of God and His redemptive plan in history. As Moses sang after God delivered Israel from the hands of the Egyptian army: the LORD is a warrior (Exodus 15).
The authors go through both the Old and New Testaments to demonstrate the pervasiveness and importance of this theme in Scripture. Beginning with the Old Testament, the authors handle the themes of God fighting for His people, God fighting against His people, the understanding of Holy War and the cosmic battles in the spiritual realm that occur alongside physical, earthly battles. In the New Testament, many will be most surprised to find that Jesus, "meek and mild," is actually a divine warrior that defeats the enemies of God and His people. There is some really good stuff at this point, especially about the mission of Jesus. Jesus Christ, the seed of the woman and yet Immanuel, came to destroy the works of the devil and He did so when He crushed the head of the serpent at Calvary! The book ends with a discussion of the divine warrior, Christ, and the divine warfare depicted in the Revelation.
This is not Christian jihad explained, far from it, rather it is an understanding that the most important battle is above and beyond our sight and power, that God fights His own battles and won the most important battle for us against what Longman and Reid call the "apocalyptic alliance:" of flesh, sin, law and death. Furthermore, this is a battle that spans Scripture and is crucial to our understanding of redemptive history, the mission of Christ, and our own salvation.
Highly recommended...by the way, if you are a preacher, this stuff will preach!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars When you see God with a sword - duck! 5 Jan 2009
By Jonathan Caldwell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
When it comes to commentaries and discussion concerning the Old Testament, Tremper Longman III is one of the first scholars to whom I look. Longman is a professor of Old Testament at Wesminster Seminary and has written numerous books dealing with Old Testament poetry and well as other areas of the Old Testament. He also has a survey he writes on the current commentaries on the Old Testament - a very helpful tool when purchasing study aids.

I know little about Daniel Reid, but if this book speaks of his knowledge and study, he is a quality Bible student.

One of my professors in college told our class once that if you read "LORD of hosts" or if you see God with a sword - DUCK! The book God is a Warrior traces the warrior motif throughout the Old and New Testaments. Without a doubt, the Old Testament lends itself more readily to this discussion. The authors look at some of the more obvious passages and then bring in some Ancient Near Eastern traditions to show some of the similarities with Israel's surrounding cultures.

The back half of the book is dedicated to the New Testament and traces Jesus as a warrior (obviously against Satan, his demons, and death) and the New Exodus. The book also considers Paul as a Holy Warrior of Christ and it looks at the divine war within the Revelation (Longman takes an a-millennial view). The section on the New Testament was very enlightening because it provides a perspective that is rarely considered.

The first half of the book provides for easier reading but the second half of the book creates a very different and challenging perspective for Bible students. I found myself amazed in 2 Kings when Elisha prays that the eyes of the servant be opened and when they are he sees that the mountain is full of horses and chariots of fire. God revealed to this servant that God is, in fact, a warrior. If passages like that or the comments on "the LORD of hosts" in Isaiah amaze you, then this book is for you.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Reading 28 Feb 2012
By Ray Boshers - Published on Amazon.com
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The authors of this book, Tremper Longman III and Daniel G. Reid, have done an outstanding job of putting this subject matter together. This book flows from the Old Testament (how GOD set the children of Israel free from Egypt, How HE warred on their behalf in bringing them into the promised land and how HE turned to war against them when they no longer followed HIM), into the New Testament (how the Messiah came to restore all of Israel and to bring freedom to the Gentiles) and ends in the coming tribulation and renewal of all things. From beginning to end this book brings together how in the Scriptures from Creation to Renewal that Yahweh (GOD) wars on behalf of His people. If you are looking for a quick read, this book is not set-up for that, as there are many footnotes to Scripture and other books and writings. The principals of the Divine Warrior is One who sets a city free from evil, sets up the proper kingship and rebuilds the temple (restores proper worship) and can be found in many ancient writings and even in how many nations have set conquerors in power. The war for our souls began long before we were here and will end when all rebellion has been put down so Yahweh (GOD) Himself can restore all things back to perfect shalom (peace). For all those that are looking for a better understanding of this war that has carried on for us and just how much you mean to your Savior and conquering King then I highly recommend this book, Shalom.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An OK Read 12 Aug 2014
By Levi - Published on Amazon.com
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Authors fails to take into account many instances in Scripture. It's more of an overview of a few examples than a thorough study of God as Warrior.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good resource for Biblical Theology 16 Feb 2014
By Todd - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this as a resource for a paper I was doing for Seminary. Though I am not a huge fan of Biblical Theology as a method I found this book to be very well done.
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