Arguing with Aseneth shows how the ancient Jewish romance known as Joseph and Aseneth moves a minor character in Genesis from obscurity to renown, weaving a new story whose main purpose was to intervene in ancient Jewish debates surrounding gentile access to Israel's God. Written in Greco-Roman Egypt around the turn of the era, Joseph and Aseneth combines the genre of the ancient Greek novel with scriptural characters from the story of Joseph as it retells Israel's mythic past to negotiate communal boundaries in its own present. With attention to the ways in which Aseneth's tale'remixes'Genesis, wrestles with Deuteronomic theology, and adopts prophetic visions of the future, Arguing with Aseneth demonstrates that this ancient novel inscribes into Israel's sacred narrative a precedent for gentile inclusion in the people belonging to Israel's God. Aseneth is transformed from material mother of the sons of Joseph to a mediator of God's mercy and life to future penitents, Jew and gentile alike. Yet not all Jewish thinkers in antiquity drew boundary lines the same way or in the same place. Arguing with Aseneth traces, then, not only the way in which Joseph and Aseneth affirms the possibility of gentile incorporation but also ways in which other ancient Jewish thinkers, including the apostle Paul, would have argued back, contesting Joseph and Aseneth's very conclusions or offering alternative, competing strategies of inclusion. With its use of a female protagonist, Joseph and Aseneth offers a distinctive model of gentile incorporation--one that eschews lines of patrilineal descent and undermines ethnicity and genealogy as necessary markers of belonging. Such a reading of this narrative shows us that we need to rethink our accounts of how ancient Jewish thinkers, including our earliest example from the Jesus Movement, negotiated who was in and who was out when it came to the people of Israel's God.
God--Biblical teaching, God--Attributes, Image of God, Ugaritic literature--Relation to the Old Testament, Anthropomorphism, and Symbolism in the Bible
The issue of how to represent God is a concern both ancient and contemporary. In this wide-ranging and authoritative study, renowned biblical scholar Mark Smith investigates the symbols, meanings, and narratives in the Hebrew Bible, Ugaritic texts, and ancient iconography, which attempt to describe deities in relation to humans. Smith uses a novel approach to show how the Bible depicts God in human and animal forms—and sometimes both together. Mediating between the ancients'theories and the work of modern thinkers, Smith's boldly original work uncovers the foundational understandings of deities and space.
The role and place of metaphor in biblical language keeps attracting scholarly interest. Of all the books of the Bible, the Psalms provide the richest cache of metaphors for God. The Psalter is a cornucopia of metaphor. The biblical authors bring us back to the concrete world of everyday things, and tell us that we can talk about God perfectly well without having to indulge in conceptual or abstract ways of thinking and speaking. The present study entitled God as Rock in the Psalter brings the study of metaphorical language back to the heart of Psalm scholarship. The author carries out his research by analyzing a few selected Psalms (Pss 18; 19; 28; 31; 42; 62; 71; 73; 78; 89; 92; 94; 95; 144). In fact, a full 70 percent of the occurrences of «Rock» in the Psalter are allusions to God. The occurrences of «God as Rock» at the beginning, middle and end of the psalms; and at the beginning and end of the books of Samuel; end of the book of Deuteronomy; beginning of the Psalter (Pss 18; 19); middle of the Psalter (Ps 78) and at the end of the Psalter (Ps 144), is a clear testimony that the address «God, my Rock» is a creative form of language and is a norm or standard when speaking of Yahweh.
Theodicy, God--Biblical teaching, and Laments in the Bible
Die Arbeit untersucht die wichtige Rolle der Klagepsalmen für die Entwicklung des monotheistischen Glaubens an JHWH. Die Klagen der ausgewählten Psalmen sind nur selten als eine Möglichkeit angesehen worden, die zum Verstehen der Genese des Monotheismus und der Theodizeefrage beitragen könnte. Doch wenn man ihr Gottesbild untersucht, wird deutlich, dass es vom Streit um die Göttlichkeit JHWHs geprägt ist. Sichtbar wird, dass ein von Not getroffener Mensch nicht nur seine Schreckensstarre als Reaktion auf die Gottesvorstellung der Feinde, sondern auch seinen Gotteszweifel überwindet, denn durch seine insistierende und unbeirrbare Treue zu JHWH entwickelt er ein neues Gottesbild. Dieses ist monotheistisch geprägt, und obwohl es die immanenten Linien der traditionellen Gottesvorstellung auszieht, geht es über sie deutlich hinaus.
Christian life--Methodist authors, Women--Religious life, Names in the Bible, and God--Biblical teaching
This mini book with devotional reflections from the Bible study Namesake introduces you to biblical characters who met God and were never the same again. Through their stories, learn about God's transformative power and how He wants to be as intimately involved in your story, offering an identity that shines with the purpose for which you were created.
Do you really know God? You may know about God, but do you truly know what He says about Himself—and what He wants from you? This eye-opening study will help you gain a true understanding of God's character and His ways. As you discover for yourself who He is, you'll be drawn into a deeper, more personal relationship with the God of the universe—a relationship that will enable you to confidently display His strength in life's most challenging circumstances.40 minutes a week could change your life! The 40-Minute Bible Studies series from the teaching team at Precepts Ministries International tackles the topics that matter to you. These inductive study guides, designed to be completed in just six 40-minutes lessons with no homework required, help you discover for yourself what God says and how it applies to your life today. With the leader's note and Bible passages included right in the book, each self-contained study is a powerful resource for personal growth and small-group discussion.
Christian life--Biblical teaching, God--Biblical teaching, and God--Knowableness--Biblical teaching
If you want to know God's heart, the best way is to read His Word. Back to the Bible president Woodrow Kroll takes the intimidation out of reading the Bible. Designed to help ordinary people connect with God through His Word, this book explores tangible ways to prepare yourself, define your expectations, and profit from the experience. The author also shares personal discoveries that have revolutionized his understanding of Scripture. You'll find simple keys to understanding the Bible and solid insights on making the intimate connection with God happen.Some people have read God's Book for years without ever meeting the Author. Do you struggle with the Bible, wondering how to find God in the pages of His Word? Wonder no more! God is waiting for people just like you—spiritual seekers who want to know the truth, who want to meet Him personally. In How to Find God in the Bible, Woodrow Kroll will take you on a fascinating journey of personal discovery. You'll learn how to understand the world's most important book, and why you can trust it completely. Inside you'll uncover insights that can change your life today. And—maybe for the first time—you'll encounter the God you've been looking for all along. Story Behind the BookAs a well-known and respected Bible teacher, I have often been asked,'I read that same passage and I didn't see that in there. How do you find those insights that seem to be hidden to others?'I have written this book to help new believers and those struggling to make sense of their faith or the Bible. It reveals my'secrets'to making sense of the Bible and makes simple what some may view as complicated in God's Word.
God--Biblical teaching, People of God--Biblical teaching, and Bible stories, English--O.T
For twenty years Sandy Faulkner has walked with her students through the Red Sea, up Mt. Sinai, into the wilderness and around the walls of Jericho. With the passion of a teacher, the humor of a master storyteller and the authenticity of a sojourner, Sandy tells the Old Testament story without sugar coating but with love for the characters—even the bad ones—and devotion to the main character of the story, the LORD, who is not only holy but wholly God. Wholly God is designed for two groups of people: those who do not yet know the story and are just beginning the journey and believers who need a fuller, better understanding of the whole story—who may know the stories but do not see how the stories form The Story.
WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZEWhat sort of'person'is God? What is his'life story'? Is it possible to approach him not as an object of religious reverence, but as the protagonist of the world's greatest book—as a character who possesses all the depths, contradictions, and abiguities of a Hamlet? This is the task that Jack Miles—a former Jesuit trained in religious studies and Near Eastern languages—accomplishes with such brilliance and originality in God: A Biography.Using the Hebrew Bible as his text, Miles shows us a God who evolves through his relationship with man, the image who in time becomes his rival. Here is the Creator who nearly destroys his chief creation; the bloodthirsty warrior and the protector of the downtrodden; the lawless law-giver; the scourge and the penitent. Profoundly learned, stylishly written, the resulting work illuminates God and man alike and returns us to the Bible with a sense of discovery and wonder.