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A distinguished Old Testament scholar, Terence E. Fretheim has long been a leading voice in Old Testament theology. What Kind of God? forwards thirty of Fretheim's classic studies, gathering them for the first time under the rubrics "God and the World," "God and Suffering," "God, Wrath, and Divine Violence," "God and the Pentateuch," "God and the Prophets," and "God and the Church's Book."
This collection of Fretheim's essays offers seminarians and scholars a compelling answer to the question that has motivated Fretheim's work for more than forty years—namely, what kind of God is the God of Scripture? The studies are introduced by a critical overview of Fretheim's career and theology by editors Michael J. Chan and Brent A. Strawn and a retrospective by Fretheim himself.
Number of Pages: 432
Publication Date: 2015
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"It has become somewhat cliché for students of an exemplary scholar to honor the scholar with a Festschrift of essays related to the research and publication interests of that scholar. While these no doubt serve their purpose of venerating the life work of well-esteemed members of academia, What Kind of God? not only serves as a witness to a lifetime of professional excellence but it also serves the equally important function of exposing an entirely new generation of initiates to Fretheims work. With its introductory chapters reintroducing Fretheim to an audience who have somehow been unacquainted with his scholarship, What Kind of God? demonstrates how a collection of the shorter works of a scholar of the caliber of Fretheim can both honor him and make a valuable contribution to the field."
—Kyle Greenwood, Bulletin for Biblical Research 26.1 (2016)
"The chapters hang together remarkably well, resulting in a volume filled with rich theological insights that kept my attention from cover to cover.. . . On the whole, the volume is clean and well organized.. . . any essay could be assigned to advanced undergraduates or graduate students, since they are written to stand alone.. . . I am delighted to have read such a satisfying and thought-provoking work. Fretheim's thinking is bold, yet tied to a close reading of the biblical text, yielding rich theological insights that are still sorely needed today. We can all be grateful that the next generation of students and scholars will have ready access to his work."
—Carmen Joy Imes, George Fox University in Review of Biblical Literature, January 2017
Author & Editor Bios▼▲
Terence E. Fretheim (ThD, Princeton Theological Seminary) is Elva B. Lovell Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is the author of more than twenty books, including commentaries on Genesis, Exodus, First and Second Kings, and Jeremiah and God and World in the Old Testament, The Suffering of God, and The Pentateuch.
Michael J. Chan is Assistant Professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is published in numerous scholarly journals and serves on the Bible Odyssey Editorial Board for the Society of Biblical Literature.
Brent A. Strawn (PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary) is Professor of Old Testament at Candler School of Theology, the Graduate Division of Religion, and the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies at Emory University, in Atlanta, Georgia. He has authored or coedited numerous volumes, including The World around the Old Testament.