Waiting for the Land: The Story Line of the Pentateuch
Waiting for the Land: The Story Line of the Pentateuch  -     By: Arie C. Leder
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Although the Pentateuch is not a novel, it would behelpfully read as such: a story of a problem, one thatplaces readers into its plot structure and provides aresolution. Such a reading would disclose a beginning,middle and ending, from before Sinai, through Israelnot entering the promised land, to an unsatisfying resolution!(although Joshua continues the story with greatpromise) - all ends badly in Kings.

The Genesis-Kings story begins and ends with exile.We too, are waiting for a promised land, we too are inexile. Arie Leder gives us insights into the big story ofexile and reconciliation that flows throughout the Bible.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: P & R Publishing
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.38 (inches)
ISBN: 0875521967
ISBN-13: 9780875521961

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Leder demonstrates how the Israelites’ waiting for their Promised Land should reshape our reading of the Pentateuch as a coherent and progressive story and should affect how we wait for heaven—our own future hope.

Author Bio

Arie C. Leder is Martin J. Wyngaarden Senior Professor in Old Testament Studies at Calvin Theological Seminary. He has also been both a pastor and missionary; his passion is to show how the Old Testament informs Reformed theology. He is married with four children and continues to be active in mission, outreach and Bible study among Hispanics.

Editorial Reviews

NOT YET EDITED. recd 3-16-10 MP With theological and literary sensitivity, Arie Leder has set forth a coherent reading of Torah that is of great value for any Christian teacher or student. Carefully researched and clearly written, this study shows how the story is crafted to inculcate habits of wisdom and true worship in the people of God. In addition, it sheds light on the complex way the biblical texts bears on contemporary ethical discernment about land tenure and the political struggle for justice.
"A solid contribution to our understanding of land theology from a biblical theological, redemptive historical perspective. Sensitive to narrative theology, Leder tells the Bible's story of the land, engaging both the reader's mind and his heart, as it relates to our ultimate hope for the divine presence. Readers will be challenged both theologically and ethically."
(Please inform endorser if any changes are made prior to publication) "I benefitted from reading this book to such a degree that I am changing some of my lectures on the Pentateuch. Although I did not agree with all of Arie Leder’s constructions in Waiting for the Land, it is a stimulating literary analysis of the narrative of the Pentateuch and deserves to be read by all Christians who love the organic unity of the Scriptures and a Christian understanding of the Old Testament. Leder helps us see the forest from the trees by demonstrating that the thrust of the Pentateuch is about how each of the first five books of our Bible shows that anticipation of God’s presence in the land is a major thrust of this foundational part of our Bible."
"Leder has written a fine book about the narrative flow of the Pentateuch as a whole, taking seriously the canonical shape and theological message of this foundational part of the entire Bible. Drawing on contemporary narrative theory and a firm commitment to the integrity and religious relevance of the books of Moses, he combines in a refreshing way scholarly interaction with the secondary literature, a high view of biblical authority, and new exegetical proposals. The result is a book which will be read with profit both by professional biblical scholars and preachers of the Word."
"An innovative approach focusing on the narrative, plot, scope, structure and consequently the theological themes emanating from this majestic work called the Pentateuch. Interesting perspectives are opened up enabling the reader to explore new meanings to a corpus of literature we thought we knew. The book highlights the importance of the divine presence, a situation of continuing exile and as a result of that a waiting for the land. The book is sensitive to both the detail of smaller units and the larger narrative frame of the whole of this majestic story told. The book is up to date with the scholarly debate and well-informed on narrative theory making it good reading for Old Testament scholars, students at theological institutions and pastors in local congregations."

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