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Old Testament Theology: Reading the Hebrew Bible as Christian Scripture Hardcover – 1 Nov 2013

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Academic, Div of Baker Publishing Group (1 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801048850
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801048852
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 622,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Insomniacs and those in search of doorstops will be sorely disappointed in Walter Moberly's Old Testament Theology. This is not your grandfather's biblical theology. Moberly has produced a provocative set of probing theological meditations built around a few select Old Testament texts. While carefully engaging the biblical text and the secondary literature, Moberly opens the conversation to a wider audience by honestly and thoughtfully addressing popular critiques of the Bible and religion."
--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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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"Walter Moberly is easily among the best and most compelling Old Testament theologians working today. In his latest offering, he builds off of previous work, advancing a reading of Israel's scriptures within a Christian frame of reference such that the claims of the ancient text are repeatedly shown to have lively and enduring implications for contemporary faith. Moberly reads the text with careful attention to both its large conceptions and its detailed philology, offering an interpretation that is at once theological and existential, designed ultimately for lively and faithful performance. More than anything else, this volume distinguishes itself (and its author) as exceedingly wise--something that can be said for precious few books these days. Here is a volume that I will use and return to often."
--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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Good value. Thought-provoking and thorough expositions on several representative examples of different kinds of texts in the Old Testament, taking into account a wide range of critical and rabbinic scholarship but written from a clear standpoint of Christian faith. Having said that, points are alwats well argued from first principles. Prof Moberly has clearly mulled on all these topics and texts over many years. The chapters are somewhat stand-alone but do together form a representative picture of Old Testament content I think. I enjoyed the chapter on Jonah especially. Includes sections in smallprint that may not be essential reading (often relating to more minor textual or tangential issues) but I found them all interesting myself.
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Helpful review of some OT themes, election, God as the first loyalty, War, and his apparent failure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great and Readable 22 Dec. 2013
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Moberly has such a thoughtful and even-handed approach when doing OT Theology. It is great to see many of his earlier works consolidated and expanded in this volume which is sure to be a standard in the OT theology canon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great text and very useful to my doctoral dissertation research ... 23 Nov. 2015
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Came as described before estimated date. Great text and very useful to my doctoral dissertation research on Spiritual Giftedness. Thank you.
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Heavy reading but informative
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4.0 out of 5 stars Glad we had a Theology professor leading the discussion 4 April 2015
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Very interesting. Glad we had a Theology professor leading the discussion.
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This was a gift for my Bride. I've not read it, but she seems enthusiastic. If this your style of reading it seems to fine.
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