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Modern readers of the Bible often find the Old Testament difficult and even disturbing. What are we to do with obscure prophecies about long-expired nations? Why should we read and study ancient laws that even the New Testament says are eclipsed by Christ? How can we reconcile Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount with the Old Testament’s graphic narratives of sex and violence?
John Walton has spent a career engaging deeply with the Old Testament’s text and ancient context. His signature approach can be introduced in one sentence: The Old Testament was written for us but not to us. We will fully grasp the Old Testament and its theology only when we are immersed in the ancient cultural current of Israel within the broader cultural river of the ancient Near East.
In Old Testament Theology for Christians, John Walton invites us to leave our modern—and even inherited Christian—preconceptions at the threshold as we enter the world of the Old Testament. He challenges us to see it anew as guests in a strange and fascinating foreign land. Only then will we rediscover its testimony to God’s enterprise.
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
|Publication Date: 2017|
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- Why was the law given to Israel and how should we view it today?
- How does the Old Testament understand sin and salvation?
- Did God command Israel to commit genocide?
- What was the role of the temple and its sacrifices in God s covenant with Israel?
- Is there an integrating and central theme of Old Testament theology?
- What did God require of Israel and how does that apply to Christians today?
- Should we look to the Old Testament for solutions to twenty-first century issues?
- How should we read the Old Testament in light of Christ?
jeffkentuckyAge: 18-24Gender: Male4 Stars Out Of 5A good John Walton book.February 2, 2018jeffkentuckyAge: 18-24Gender: MaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Let me say up front that reading Old Testament Theology for Christians as a stand alone book would be difficult; I have read most of John Walton's books on the relationship between the Old Testament and the Ancient Near East, so I had some of the background knowledge that I think is needed to fully comprehend (at least some of) the views John Walton expresses in this book. If you haven't read any of his other books, I cannot recommend this book to you as I think you will be better served by Walton's other, more focused books (which I highly recommend).
For John Walton readers, I will say that I was surprised by one of John's "conclusions" in this book: namely, that the Old Testament has nothing to say directly on modern-day issues like abortion and homosexuality. Had he said that the Bible gives no information on how to legislate such issues, that would be a solid conclusion if you subscribe to Walton's view that everything in the Bible is culturally relative; but I don't believe that this conclusion of Walton's, namely that the Bible has nothing to say on human sexuality and life, necessarily follows from any of the data he presents throughout the book.