Sinning In The Hebrew Bible

Author: Alan F Segal
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231504349
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Sinning In The Hebrew Bible from the Author: Alan F Segal. Stories of rape, murder, adultery, and conquest raise crucial ethical issues in the Hebrew Bible, and their interpretation guides many societies in forming their religious and moral convictions. From the sacrifice of Isaac to the adultery of David, narratives of sin engender vivid analysis and debate, powering the myths that form the basis of the religious covenant, or the relationship between a people and their God. Rereading these stories against different forms and contexts, Alan F. Segal demonstrates the significance of sinning throughout history and today. Drawing on literary and historical theory, as well as research in the social sciences, he explores the motivation for creating sin stories, their prevalence in the Hebrew Bible, and their possible meaning to Israelite readers and listeners. After introducing the basics of his approach and outlining several hermeneutical concepts, Segal conducts seven linked studies of specific narratives, using character and text to clarify problematic terms such as “myth,” “typology,” and “orality.” Following the reappearance and reinterpretation of these narratives in later compositions, he proves their lasting power in the mythology of Israel and the encapsulation of universal, perennially relevant themes. Segal ultimately positions the Hebrew Bible as a foundational moral text and a history book, offering uncommon insights into the dating of biblical events and the intentions of biblical authors.

Opening The Bible

Author: Robert Kysar
Publisher: Augsburg Books
ISBN: 9780806635941
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Opening The Bible from the Author: Robert Kysar. Many people are looking at the Bible again -- or for the first time -- for meaning for their lives. They come with honest questions: -- Is the Bible the Word of God? -- Why are there so many differing interpretations of the Bible? -- How can I know which one is right? -- Are the miracles reported in the Bible real events? -- How can I read the Bible to find meaning for my life?In a direct, clear way that respects the Bible and the questions of the spiritual seeker, biblical scholar Robert Kysar tackles the hard questions for a new generation of faithful people. It's ideal for lay readers, adult study groups, and introductory college and seminary classes.

Why Bad Things Happen To God S People

Author: Derek Prince
Publisher: Destiny Image Publishers
ISBN: 076841198X
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Why Bad Things Happen To God S People from the Author: Derek Prince. Timeless Encouragement for the Challenges of Life Have you ever asked: “If God loves me, why I am going through this trial?” or “Why is there so much misery, suffering, persecution, and injustice in the world?” God’s people still experience the challenges of life. There is one factor, however, that sets people of faith apart—hope. Derek Prince, one of the twentieth century’s most trusted Bible teachers, invites you to face some of your most difficult circumstances head-on with hope. In Why Bad Things Happen to God’s People, Prince shares timeless truths from the Book of Job that will keep you anchored during any storm. You will: Be informed... on the roles that Satan and sin play in life’s circumstances Be equipped... to respond to fiery trials with Biblical faith Be assured… by embracing mystery Be inspired... by the prophetic words of God Be stabilized… through a fresh vision of God’s sovereignty and power Be comforted… through encountering God’s holiness Be encouraged… as you remember God’s relentless plan to reveal His goodness to you Be strengthened… to wait for God’s abundant provision Be comforted by resting in the Truth of God’s goodness, power, and love—no matter what challenges may come up against you!

The Book Of Job

Author: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781500912741
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The Book Of Job from the Author: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. The Book of Job is one of the Writings (Ketuvim) of the Hebrew Bible, and the first poetical book in the Christian Old Testament. Addressing the theme of God's justice in the face of human suffering - or more simply, "Why do the righteous suffer?" - it is a rich theological work, setting out a variety of perspectives. It has been widely and often extravagantly praised for its literary qualities - "The greatest poem of ancient and modern times," according to Tennyson, and the only book of the Bible on one list of "The 100 Best Books of All Time".The Book of Job consists of a prose prologue and epilogue narrative framing poetic dialogues and monologues. It is common to view the narrative frame as the original core of the book, enlarged later by the poetic dialogues and discourses, and sections of the book such as the Elihu speeches and the wisdom poem of chapter 28 as late insertions, but recent trends have tended to concentrate on the book's underlying editorial unity.1. Prologue in two scenes, the first on earth, the second in heaven (chapters 1-2);2. Job's opening monologue (chapter 3 - seen by some scholars as a bridge between the prologue and the dialogues and by others as the beginning of the dialogues), and three cycles of dialogues between Job and his three friends (chapters 4-27 - the third cycle is not complete, the expected speech of Zophar being replaced by the wisdom poem of chapter 28):First cycleEliphaz (chapters 4-5) and Job's response (chapters 6-7)Bildad (8) and Job (9-10)Zophar (11) and Job (12-14)Second cycleEliphaz (15) and Job (16-17)Bildad (18) and Job (19)Zophar (20) and Job (21)Third cycleEliphaz (22) and Job (23-24)Bildad (25) and Job (26-27);3. Three monologues:A Poem to Wisdom (chapter 28, previously read as part of the speech of Job, now regarded by most scholars as a separate interlude in the narrator's voice),Job's closing monologue (chapters 29-31),and Elihu's speeches (chapters 32-37);4. Two speeches by God (chapters 38:1-40:5 and 40:6-42:6), with Job's responses;5. Epilogue - Job's restoration (chapters 42:7-17).Job is an investigation of the problem of divine justice. This problem, known in theology as theodicy, can be rephrased as a question: "Why do the righteous suffer?" The conventional answer in ancient Israel was that God rewards virtue and punishes sin (the principle known as "retributive justice"). This assumes a world in which human choices and actions are morally significant, but experience demonstrates that suffering cannot be sensibly understood as a consequence of bad choices and actions, and unmerited suffering requires theological candour.The biblical concept of righteousness was rooted in the covenant-making God who had ordered creation for communal well-being, and the righteous were those who invested in the community, showing special concern for the poor and needy (see Job's description of his life in chapter 31); their antithesis were the wicked, who were selfish and greedy. The satan raises the question of whether there is such a thing as disinterested righteousness: if God rewards righteousness with prosperity, will men not act righteously from selfish motives? He asks God to test this by removing the prosperity of Job, the most righteous of all God's servants.The book begins with the frame narrative, giving the reader an omniscient "God's eye perspective" which introduces Job as a man of exemplary faith and piety, "blameless and upright," who "fears God" and "shuns evil."

Answer To Job

Author: C. G. Jung
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400839130
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Answer To Job from the Author: C. G. Jung. Considered one of Jung's most controversial works, Answer to Job also stands as Jung's most extensive commentary on a biblical text. Here, he confronts the story of the man who challenged God, the man who experienced hell on earth and still did not reject his faith. Job's journey parallels Jung's own experience--as reported in The Red Book: Liber Novus--of descending into the depths of his own unconscious, confronting and reconciling the rejected aspects of his soul. This paperback edition of Jung's classic work includes a new foreword by Sonu Shamdasani, Philemon Professor of Jung History at University College London. Described by Shamdasani as "the theology behind The Red Book," Answer to Job examines the symbolic role that theological concepts play in an individual's psychic life.

Desiring God

Author: John Piper
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 9781844740444
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Desiring God from the Author: John Piper.

Bad Girls Of The Bible

Author: Liz Curtis Higgs
Publisher: WaterBrook
ISBN: 9781578569717
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Bad Girls Of The Bible from the Author: Liz Curtis Higgs. “Popular storyteller Higgs takes a look at the vamps and tramps of the Bible, searching for the lessons these wicked women have to teach. Higgs retells these biblical stories with rollicking humor and deep insight as she teaches about the nature of sin and goodness.” —Publishers Weekly Ten of the Bible’s best-known femmes fatales parade across the pages of Bad Girls of the Bible with situations that sound oh-so-familiar. Eve had food issues. Potiphar’s Wife and Delilah had man trouble. Lot’s Wife and Michal couldn’t let go of the past, Sapphira couldn’t let go of money, and Jezebel couldn’t let go of anything. Yet the Woman at the Well had her thirst quenched at last, while Rahab and the Sinful Woman left their sordid histories behind. Let these Bad Girls show you why studying the Bible has never been more fun! “When she was perfect, beautiful, and innocent, I found no toehold where I could connect with Eve. When she was tempted by her flesh, humbled by her sin, and redeemed by her God, I could sing out, ‘Oh, sister Eve! Can we talk?’” —from Bad Girls of the Bible Includes Discussion Questions and Study Guide A Novel Approach to Bible Study More than one million readers have already taken a walk on the wild side with Former Bad Girl Liz Curtis Higgs and her eye-opening blend of contemporary fiction and biblical commentary. Laced with humor, solid research, and heartfelt self-disclosure, Liz’s unique brand of girlfriend theology has helped women of all ages experience God’s grace anew.

The Problem Of Evil In The Western Tradition

Author: Joseph Francis Kelly
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The Problem Of Evil In The Western Tradition from the Author: Joseph Francis Kelly. "Evil presents a profound and eternal challenge to humanity--why do we do what we know to be wrong? Why does not an all-good and omnipotent God step in and put an end to evil? [This book] looks at people's efforts to deal with evil, starting with ancient Israel and moving through the great figures of the Western tradition to the twenty-first century".