Abraham's Silence: The Binding of Isaac, the Suffering of Job, and How to Talk Back to God
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Abraham's Silence: The Binding of Isaac, the Suffering of Job, and How to Talk Back to God

Baker Academic / 2021 / Paperback

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Abraham's belief of God was credited to him as righteousness. But what of his silence? Middleton proposes that the Lord may have been looking for a different response---that of lament. Taking examples from the Psalms and the Book of Job, he offers an alternative to quiet compliance in times of difficulty and crisis. 272 pages, softcover from Baker.

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Title: Abraham's Silence: The Binding of Isaac, the Suffering of Job, and How to Talk Back to God
By: J. Richard Middleton
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: Baker Academic
Publication Date: 2021
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
Weight: 2 pounds
ISBN: 0801098017
ISBN-13: 9780801098017
Stock No: WW098011

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It is traditional to think we should praise Abraham for his willingness to sacrifice his son as proof of his love for God. But have we misread the point of the story? Is it possible that a careful reading of Genesis 22 could reveal that God was not pleased with Abraham's silent obedience?

Widely respected biblical theologian, creative thinker, and public speaker J. Richard Middleton suggests we have misread and misapplied the story of the binding of Isaac and shows that God desires something other than silent obedience in difficult times. Middleton focuses on the ethical and theological problem of Abraham's silence and explores the rich biblical tradition of vigorous prayer, including the lament psalms, as a resource for faith. Middleton also examines the book of Job in terms of God validating Job's lament as "right speech," showing how the vocal Job provides an alternative to the silent Abraham.

This book provides a fresh interpretation of Genesis 22 and reinforces the church's resurgent interest in lament as an appropriate response to God.

Author Bio

J. Richard Middleton (PhD, Free University of Amsterdam) is professor of biblical worldview and exegesis at Northeastern Seminary in Rochester, New York. He is the author of The Liberating Image and the award-winning A New Heaven and a New Earth. He coauthored the bestsellers Truth Is Stranger Than It Used to Be and The Transforming Vision. Middleton's books have been published in Korean, French, Indonesian, Spanish, and Portuguese. He has served as president of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies and as president of the Canadian-American Theological Association.

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