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With an emphasis on the nature and importance of divine presence, The Abiding Presence provides a unique perspective on the overarching theology of Exodus drawing particular attention to God's revelation at the burning bush, Sinai, and the tabernacle. Exploring the rich theological themes that emerge from the final form of the narrative the commentary also reflects on how these themes were employed by New Testament authors in understanding the life and ministry of Christ.
Bridging the gap between accessibility and scholarly rigor, this commentary offers an excellent tool for ordinands, students, teachers in higher education and preachers to engage with the theology of the book in its Old Testament context as well as how its message is revealed in the New Testament and continues to speak today.
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: SCM Press
Publication Date: 2018
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.38 (inches)|
"Theological interpretation can be rather loosely related to the biblical text. This isn't that kind of theological interpretation. It's a careful running exposition of the text itself. It shows how Exodus is about God being present with Israel and delivering them and then being present with them on an ongoing basis. While theological interpretation can also be rather loosely related to questions about history, this commentary additionally manages to consider the historical issues and the questions about the book's origin. And it sets the Book of Exodus in the context of the Scriptures as a whole. It is an impressive achievement."
"Mark Scarlata has written a winsome accessible exposition of the Book of Exodus. While well informed about difficult critical questions, his concern is with theological commentary. Two particular matters merit attention. First, Scarlata has organized his interpretation around the theme of the abiding presence of God amid Israel. This permits him to take seriously the second part of the Book of Exodus, that is, the dense texts on tabernacle construction. Second, he tilts each part of his exposition toward the New Testament, but he does so with full regard for the claim of the Old Testament text. This commentary will be of immense value for preachers, teachers, and serious church readers."
"This excellent book will introduce the reader to the major literary and theological concerns of the book of Exodus. What I like most about this work is the way it puts historical-critical research in service of expounding the text as the word of God. As such, this commentary is theological in the best sense of that word."