In the Mail – Goldingay’s OT Theology (vol. 1)

This is the second book that I’ve received in the mail this week that I am super, super excited about.  For about five years now, I been reading mostly linguistics books and Biblical Hebrew introductory grammars and vocabulary materials for my dissertation research.  I’ve only just now started to be able to do more reading on theology again.  It has been a breath of fresh air.  With that said, Goldingay’s three volume theology has been on my list of books that I’ve wanted to read for quite some time, especially considering some of the rave reviews it has gotten.  Thanks to IVP-Academic for sending me a copy of volume one.

I’ve already started to read through a bit of it.  And, I must say that there are profound insights that have resonated with me and also parts with which I disagree.  Regardless of whether I agree with sections or not, they are all well thought out and also thought provoking.  I’ll be posting more, hopefully soon, but it is a massive volume, so give me some time. Meanwhile, here is the publisher’s description:

Winner of a 2004 ECPA Gold Medallion Award! In this first volume of a proposed three-volume Old Testament theology, John Goldingay focuses on narrative. Examining the biblical order of God’s creation of and interactions with the world and Israel, he tells the story of Israel’s gospel as a series of divine acts:

  • God Began
  • God Started Over
  • God Promised
  • God Delivered
  • God Sealed
  • God Gave
  • God Accommodated
  • God Wrestled
  • God Preserved
  • God Sent
  • God Exalted

Volume two will focus on Israel’s faith, or Old Testament theology as belief. It will explore the person and nature of God, the nature of the world and humanity, the character of sin and the significance of Israel. Volume three will focus on Israel’s life, or Old Testament theology as ethos. It will explore its worship, spirituality, ideals and vision for living. This is an Old Testament theology like no other. Whether applying magnifying or wide-angle lenses, Goldingay is closely attentive to the First Testament’s narrative, plot, motifs, tensions and subtleties. Brimming with insight and energy, and postmodern in its ethos, this book will repeatedly reward readers with fresh and challenging perspectives on God and God’s ways with Israel and the world–as well as Israel’s ways with God. Goldingay’s Old Testament Theology is not only a scholarly contribution to the ongoing quest of understanding the theological dimensions of the First Testament. Preachers and teachers will prize it as a smart, informed and engaging companion as they read and re-present the First Testament story to postmodern pilgrims on the way. This is Old Testament theology that preaches.

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