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God of the Living Review

Posted in Biblical Theology by Joseph Kelly on January 24, 2013

My review of Reinhard Feldmeier and Hermann Spieckermann’s God of the Living: A Biblical Theology is published in The Journal of Hebrew Scriptures. In one line, my takeaway is that this work “distinguishes itself as an exceptional work of biblical scholarship, both in endeavor and in execution.”

Interested readers should also consult the article review, “Critical Biblical Theology in a New Key: A Review Article” by John Hobbins in The Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament, also available online.

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  1. John Hobbins said, on January 24, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Very fine review, Joseph. Thank you for it. I was not as bothered as you are with the diachronic analysis. Not that I particularly agree with it. It’s just that usually the remarks tend in the direction of “this is late” and takes into consideration a lot of other texts – the result is a sort of synchronic reading if you well. I hope that makes sense.

    • Joseph Kelly said, on January 24, 2013 at 2:34 pm

      Thanks John. I’m certainly not opposed to diachronic analysis, even if and when that analysis locates a text or a text’s concern outside its narrative context. But, where biblical theology is concerned, I prefer for such analysis to serve theological ends, not be an end to itself. I have a paper soon to be published with BBR that aims to do this very thing with Exodus 12:47-49, a text that contains a concern that could not belong to its narrative context.


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