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Touching the Altar: The Old Testament for Christian Worship (Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Liturgical Studies) [Paperback]

By Carol M. Bechtel (Editor)
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Overview
What does it mean to be in the presence of God's holiness? How can it affect us whether we seek it out or stumble upon it? Can it truly change our very reality to encounter it? The essayists in this volume explore these questions at the heart of Christian worship, considering the oft-neglected Old Testament as essential to know what we're about when we begin to worship. Following the movement of the Hebrew canon - beginning with the Pentateuch, moving through to the Psalms, then wisdom literature - the chapters each consider a separate aspect of worship, from theater to the Sabbath to sacred space, offering new inspiration. Evocative woodcut artwork by Margaret Adams Parker provides a striking backdrop to the text. Written primarily by Old Testament professors, Touching the Altar will make a stirring supplemental text for introductory or elective Old Testament courses. The engaging essays will also go far toward providing deeper worship for any Christian.

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What does it mean to be in the presence of God??'s holiness? How can it affect us whether we seek it out or stumble upon it? Can it truly change our very reality to encounter it?

The essayists in this volume explore these questions at the heart of Christian worship, considering the oft-neglected Old Testament as essential to understand our purpose in worship. Following the structure of the Hebrew canon ? beginning with the Pentateuch, moving through to the Psalms, then wisdom literature ? each chapter considers a separate aspect of worship, from theater to the Sabbath to sacred space, offering new inspiration. In the final essay Carol Bechtel ???rereads the book of Job through the lens of our human limitations (as opposed to the usual theme of theodicy), ??? with compelling applications for both life and worship.

Each of these essays concludes with two appropriately themed hymns and a ???For Further Reading??? list. Five of the seven contain sidebars that illustrate and enrich key points. Evocative woodcut artwork by Margaret Adams Parker provides a striking backdrop to the text. Taken together, these essays testify powerfully to the belief that the Old Testament is not only valuable but also essential to ???whole??? and fully foundational preaching and worship.

Written primarily by Old Testament professors, Touching the Altar will make an engaging supplemental text for introductory or elective Old Testament courses and will also go far toward providing deeper worship for any Christian.

Contributors: Carol M. Bechtel
Thomas Boogaart
Corrine L. Carvalho
Ellen F. Davis
J. Clinton McCann Jr.
Dennis T. Olson
Margaret Adams Parker
John D. Witvliet

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Touching the Altar: The Old Testament for Christian Worship (Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Liturgical Studies) by Carol M. Bechtel has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Christian Century - 05/05/2009 page 24


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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Pages   211
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.59" Width: 5.96" Height: 0.62"
Weight:   0.73 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 14, 2008
Publisher   WM. B. EERDMANS PUBLISHING CO.
Series  Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Liturgical Studies  
ISBN  0802828485  
ISBN13  9780802828484  


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More About Carol M. Bechtel


Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Carol M. Bechtel is Professor of Old Testament at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan. She is the author of "Life After Grace", "Glimpses of Glory", and "Esther" in the Interpretation commentary series, all published by WJK.

Carol M. Bechtel was born in 1959.

Carol M. Bechtel has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching & Preaching


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