Symbolism in the Bible, Psychic trauma, Jews--History--Babylonian captivity, 598-515 B.C, and Exiles--Psychology
Our sacred texts have the potential to become texts of torture or texts of liberation. History through Trauma explores the symbolic function of religious, political, and national symbols that aid in the construction of historical narratives, and the psychological effects of trauma on their creation and dissolution. The Deuteronomic Covenant, paramount in the construction of a biblical history of Israel, is analyzed with regard to Israel's history of exile. What is proffered is the book of Job as a symbolic history of Israel that stands as a counter-history beside the dominant history constructed in the canon's historical books--a counter-history whose function works to re-enliven the symbol of covenant. History through Trauma brings consciousness to the effects of exile on the dominant historical narratives in the Hebrew canon and to the eradicated affective experiences of trauma that surface in counter-texts such as the book of Job. This work offers a valuable new understanding of the impact of trauma on history-making in general--an understanding that brings light to biblical studies, practical theology, pastoral psychology, and psychoanalysis.
Transcendence of God, Symbolism in the Bible, and Immanence of God
This book is an exploration and interpretation of the diverse symbols and images that represent the sacred presence of God in the Book of Psalms. These images of sacred spaces and objects represent diverse conceptions of “the sanctuary” or sacred spaces, objects and texts that mediate God's presence and bridge the gap between the ineffable nature of God as transcendent and beyond human comprehension and as immanently and intimately present in human experience. I explore the multivalent ways in which images of sacred spaces and objects facilitate prayer and contemplation. This book represents a valuable contribution to the study of Psalms and biblical theology, spirituality and prayer.
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.
H. Daniel Zacharias presents a literary-critical analysis of the Gospel of Matthew and its interaction with Davidic tradition and use of Davidic typology. Throughout the narrative, the evangelist makes pervasive use of Davidic tradition from the Old Testament in his portrayal of Jesus. This begins from the first verse and the declaration that Jesus is the Son of David, and culminates in Jesus'usage of Psalm 22's Davidic lament on the cross. Davidic material is present throughout Matthew, in allusion, in specific citations, in thematic material. In addition, Matthew makes use of Davidic typology numerous times, with David as type and Jesus as anti-type. Zacharias shows how the use of Davidic material presents to the reader a scripturally-grounded redefinition of what it means for Jesus to be the Son of David: not as a violent militant leader, as some expected, but as a physical descendant of David, a healing shepherd, and a humble king. Within the Gospel, Matthew utilizes Davidic typology to show how the Son of David even has similar experiences as his royal predecessor. Even David's own words from the psalms are utilized as testimony to the legitimacy of Jesus as the Davidic Messiah.
To know the truth…Exposing deceptive doctrines and their serious, sometimes even deadly, consequences. Understanding Bible Mysteries is written for “modern Bereans”—those who study the Scriptures with spiritually open minds—to debunk common theological errors or false teachings in today's Church. And to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Thessalonians 1:7-8). Topics comprehensively and biblically discussed include: Tithing The Rapture Predestination Baptisms Sin and sickness Demon possession Church structureLeaning on God's revealed truths rather than human reasoning to find answers to these questions, author Ira Milligan presents thought-provoking and spirit-stirring conclusions that are hard to ignore. Each chapter includes a section of questions and answers to help you further reflect on the various issues—bringing understanding and peace of mind.
This study offers a reading that avoids both literalism and sociological reductionism through a study of the Bible's intricate patterns of imagery. It will appeal to thoughtful people dissatisfied with the religious status quo and looking for a new intellectual starting point.
Craig Koester's respected study uses the symbolic language of the Gospel of John as a focus to explore'the Gospel's literary dimensions, social and historical context, and theological import.'This edition is fully revised and updated and includes a number of new sections on such topics as Judas and the knowledge of God. Fresh treatments are given on a number of issues, including the Gospel's Christology. This new edition offers both new insights and proven worth for students and scholars alike.
Symbolism in the Bible and Spiritual life--Biblical teaching
Sacred Enigmas assesses the religious and intellectual significance of the Hebrew Bible both as a document of its time and as an important step in the development of thought. It presents the major aspects of biblical religion through detailed literary analyses of key texts, presented in English translation to make them accessible to the general reader as well as scholars.