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The Story of Israel: A Biblical Theology
Inter-varsity Press / 2004 / Paperback
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Like a divine allegory, the history of Israel's election, sin, exile, and restoration reflects the universal plight of humanity. An intriguing and compelling theological perspective unfolds as the authors probe this unitive theme in each section of Scripture, from the Pentateuch, Psalms, and Prophets to the Gospels, Epistles, and Apocalypse. Includes reading recommendations and study questions. 304 pages, softcover from InterVarsity.
Among the several prominent themes in the Bible, the story of Israel is one that has attracted recent attention and study. The biblical story of Israel--in its election, sin, exile and restoration--is a finely articulated drama of the glory and the plight of the universal story of humanity and creation. And the story of Jesus, born from the womb of Israel as its Messiah and true seed of Abraham, provides the redemptive solution to Israels and the world's plight. This book by C. Marvin Pate, J. Scott Duvall, J. Daniel Hays, E. Randolph Richards, W. Dennis Tucker Jr. and Preben Vang explores the unitive theme of the story of Israel from Genesis to Revelation. Probing each section of Scripture--from Pentateuch, Psalms and Prophets to Gospels, Epistles and Apocalypse--the authors bring the contours of this story to light. From close-up examinations of key texts to panoramic shots of the biblical terrain, The Story of Israel unfolds an intriguing and compelling perspective on biblical theology. And with its features of recommended readings and study questions, it is a textbook suitable for classroom and individual study.
Pate teaches at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. He was previously professor of Bible at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of several books, including and (coauthored with Calvin B. Haines). Duvall is dean and Fuller Professor of Biblical Studies and Theology of the Pruett School of Christian Studies at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Hays (Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is chair of the department of biblical studies and theology at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. He and his family have worked previously as missionaries in Ethiopia. He is also a coauthor of (Zondervan). E. Randolph Richards (M.Div. and Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is dean of the School of Ministry and professor of biblical studies at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida. He has frequently served as an interim or "supply" pastor, and from 1988 to 1996 he was a missionary with the International Mission Board, SBC, stationed in East Indonesia. His scholarly articles have appeared in and He is coauthor of and He is the author of and in the Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament series. W. Dennis Tucker is assistant professor of Christian Scriptures at George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University (Waco, Texas). Formerly he was professor of biblical studies and theology at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Vang is J. C. and Mae Fuller Professor of Christian Theology at the Pruett School of Christian Studies.
" The Story of Israel is an important volume on a crucial subject. While respecting the proper diversity of the different parts of the canon, the authors rightly recognize its essential coherence. The story of Israel is the story of a pattern of sin-exile-restoration. Written in a clear and engaging style, this book is a must-read for everyone interested in the message of the Bible. I particularly recommend it as a textbook for college or seminary classes."
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