Yet I Loved Jacob: Reclaiming the Biblical Concept of Election  -     By: Joel Kaminsky
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Yet I Loved Jacob: Reclaiming the Biblical Concept of Election

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Yet I Loved Jacob is an attempt to explore the Bible's election theology by carefully analyzing certain biblical texts, discussing major themes and engaging contemporary concerns. This is all done from a Jewish prospective of the Hebrew Bible (Christian Bible's Old Testament). This book is not intended to be the final all-encompassing study of the Hebrew Bible's election theology. Rather, its purpose is to provide a new and relatively accessible discussion of some of the most interesting aspects of this topic with the hope that others will be drawn into this theologically central but much-neglected area of study.

Joel S. Kaminsky is Associate Professor, Department of Religion, and Director of Program in Jewish Studies at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0687025346
ISBN-13: 9780687025343
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God's favor towards some serves God's plan for the larger world.

The fact that the Jewish people are especially chosen by God is an idea affirmed by both early Christians and rabbis. However, the idea that God would favor one person or group over another is highly problematic in today's democratic and pluralistic society. Being the Chosen is often seen as better ignored or even repudiated by both Christians and Jews.

According to Joel Kaminsky, God's larger plan for the world is worked out through the three-way relationship between God, Israel, and the nations of the world. He asserts that we need to reexamine the Bible in light of this matter. What is needed is a better understanding of what the Bible really says about God's choosing. Beginning with the familiar stories in Genesis (Cain and Abel; Isaac and Ishmael; Jacob and Esau; Joseph and his brothers; but also Hagar and Sarah; Leah and Rachel; Isaac and Rebekah), Kaminsky shows how God chooses, how humans participate, what we know from the Bible about God's intentions, and whether God's plan for the chosen people succeeds. The book continues through the Old Testament, asking about the fates of those whom God chooses to favor, those whom God rejects, and those who are neither favored nor rejected. Finally, Kaminsky shows how both the New Testament authors and the rabbis affirmed the Old Testament view of God's election. Each chapter engages modern problems with a theology of election and every chapter affirms the biblical paradox the God's choice in favor of some serves God's plan to benefit all.

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Joel S. Kaminsky is Morningstar Family Professor of Jewish Studies, Professor of Bible in the Religion Departmentat Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.

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