Images of God in the Old Testament

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Liturgical Press, 1998 - Religion - 159 pages
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Images of God in the Old Testament is about the many faces of the God of Israel as found in the Old Testament. Bringing together a wealth of biblical scholarship, both contemporary and traditional, Mary Mills invites the reader to see Scripture as a reference library in which all the texts have something to say about God. God is a key character in each book, but God?s role and character nevertheless vary between books and between genres of writing. In exploring the nature of ?the God of the Old Testament,? Images of God in the Old Testament places side by side these different?often contradictory?aspects of the deity and allows them to comment on each other. In a world where all human activity is also the scene of divine action, the God thus revealed is a multifaceted character. This God challenges human beings to find, within the diversity of images and language, the face of the one God, offering each of us a means of communication with the sphere of transcendent order and unity. Chapters are ?Introducing God, Genesis 1-11,? ?God and Gods in Genesis,? ?God of Law and Covenant in Exodus,? ?God of Love and Jealousy in Deuteronomy,? ?God as First and Last in Isaiah,? ?God as Father and Husband in Prophecy,? ?God and the Temple in Ezekiel,? ?God and Divine Wisdom,? ?God of Power and Justice in Psalms,? ?The God of Time in Daniel,? ?Moving to a Close: God and Us,? ?Conclusion: God, the Old Testament and Godtalk.?". . . after reading this book no student will be able to read the [Old Testament] again with an overly simplistic understanding of God." The Catholic Biblical Quarterly
 

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Contents

Introducing God Genesis I 11
9
God and gods in Genesis
19
God of law and covenant in Exodus
31
God of love and jealousy in Deuteronomy
44
God as First and Last in Isaiah
59
God as father and husband in prophecy
71
God and the Temple in Ezekiel
83
God and Divine Wisdom
97
God of power and justice in Psalms
109
The god of time in Daniel
122
God and us
135
God the Old Testament and godtalk
141
Postscript
150
Index
157
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Dr. Mary E. Mills is a historian and theologian who teaches Old Testament at St. Mary's University College, London.

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