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Overview "Is comprehensive in scope. Its evangelical-critical perspective makes it an important addition to the ranks of Old Testament theologies already in existence. It is well written, highly accessible, and would be appropriate for both college and graduate students,"---Catholic Biblical Quarterly. 826 pages, hardcover. InterVarsity.
Publishers Description Old Testament Theology: Israel's Faith is the second of John Goldingay's magisterial three-volume Old Testament Theology. The award-winning first volume, Old Testament Theology: Israel's Gospel, followed the story line of the First Testament, developing its narrative theology. This volume finds its point of departure in the Prophets, Psalms and Wisdom literature, where we encounter a more discursive thinking that is closer to traditional theology. Whereas the first volume followed the epochal divine acts of Israel's "gospel" narrative, here Goldingay sets out the faith of Israel under the major rubrics of God Israel The Nightmare The Vision The World The Nations Humanity In a style that cleaves closely to the text, Goldingay offers up a masterful exposition of the faith of the First Testament, one born of living long with the text and the refined skill of asking interesting questions and listening with trained attention. Never one to sacrifice a close hearing of a text for an easy generality, or to mute a discordant note for the sake of reassuring harmony, Goldingay gives us an Old Testament theology shot through with the edge-of-the-seat vitality of discovery. The first volume ofOld Testament Theology has triggered lively discussion in the academy. This volume too will be welcomed and discussed by scholars. But its fresh presentations of theological motifs, as well as its engagement with contemporary contexts, will also greatly enrich the treasury of insights this series makes available to preachers and communicators of the Old Testament.
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Release Date Dec 1, 2006
Publisher IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN 0830825622 ISBN13 9780830825622
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More About John Goldingay
John Goldingay (PhD, University of Nottingham) is David Allan Hubbard Professor of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He is ordained in the Episcopal Church and is the author of numerous books, including "Old Testament Theology", volumes 1-3, as well as commentaries on Daniel, Isaiah, the Psalms, and (with Pamela Scalise) the Minor Prophets.
John E. Goldingay (born 20 June 1942 in Birmingham) obtained a B.A. at the University of Oxford and a PhD at the University of Nottingham. He also has a Doctor of Divinity Lambeth degree.
Goldingay was Principal and a Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at St John's College, Nottingham. He went to Fuller Theological Seminary in 1997, where he is now David Allan Hubbard Professor of Old Testament. He is also an associate pastor at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Pasadena.
Goldingay was married to Ann, who died on June 28, 2009, and has two sons.
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Magisterial work Jan 14, 2010
Now that the third and final volume of John Goldingay's tremendous work is now available, one can properly assess just what he has left us with. The short answer is this: it is simply a magisterial effort. It is a first class work which will be irreplaceable for many years to come.
It is simply amazing for a variety of reasons, not least of which is its massive length. The three volumes comprise over 2,500 pages (2743 pages to be exact). Bear in mind that in the decade he took to pen this, he also produced a number of other important works, including his equally impressive 3-volume commentary on the Psalms, which totals over 2200 pages! Talk about prolific.
This OT theology is simply superb. Goldingay is just utterly steeped in the Old Testament, and has done a superlative job of elucidating its themes, its theology, its vision, its grandeur, and its contents. Almost every aspect of OT studies is entered into here, and he is always up to the task.
The first volume focuses on "Israel's Gospel". It examines the OT narratives from creation to the first coming of Christ. The second volume deals with "Israel's Faith". This concentrates on the Prophets, the Wisdom writings, and the Psalms. Volume three centres on "Israel's Life". It examines the ethical, spiritual and worshipping life of Israel.
Goldingay is of course a Christian but he argues that we must consider the OT on its own terms. He rightly notes that "the Old Testament's insights must be seen in light of those of the New, but only as long as we immediately add that it is just as essential to see the New Testament's insights in light of those of the Old."
Or as he says further on, "It is inappropriate to describe the New Testament as the `authoritative interpretation' of the Old without adding that the Old Testament is the authoritative interpretation of the New."
Indeed, he reminds us of the vital importance of the OT: "only when people have learned to take the Old Testament really seriously can they be entrusted with the story of Jesus." We fail to properly understand the NT gospel unless we have a firm grasp of the OT.
Goldingay is more than qualified to tackle this job. He has been for many years Professor of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary, and is one of the world's leading evangelical OT scholars. He has penned numerous important works on OT topics, and this trilogy is in many ways his magnum opus, capping off a distinguished career.
Of course other helpful OT theologies written from an evangelical/conservative viewpoint have appeared over recent times. One thinks of John Sailhamer's Introduction to Old Testament Theology (1996); Paul House's Old Testament Theology (1998); and Bruce Waltke's An Old Testament Theology (2007), for example.
But this is by far the most comprehensive, the most detailed and the most incisive work going. Anyone wanting to master the OT needs this superb set. Mind you, I find myself disagreeing with the author on a regular basis. For example, he is quite open to freewill theism, and thus his take on such areas as divine omniscience and impassibility will not please everyone.
But he certainly gets one thinking, and he is always careful to tentatively - and respectfully - push what might be considered controversial topics. His many decades of careful scholarship and theological awareness, combined with a more than capable writing style, make this work a pleasure to read and a joy to contemplate.
If you get only one Old Testament theology, get this three volume work.
A remarkable work! Sep 16, 2009
Once again John Goldingay has written a surprisingly readable -- and often humorous -- survey of the First (as he prefers to call it, rather than "Old") Testament that can be enjoyed and appreciated not only by scholars but by us non-scholars as well. The first volume, "Israel's God", as he says, tells the story of God's work in history narratively; this volume, "Israel's Faith" focuses on God's relationship with Israel (and the nations) from a "topical standpoint": the chapter titles include "God", "Israel", "The Nightmare" (Sin and its effects); "The Vision" (Hope and Renewal); "Humanity"; "The World"; and "The Nations". The third volume, coming in November, 2009, "Israel's Life" will focus on implications and applications: how we live in light of what God has done (Volume I) and who God is (Volume II). It is not easy to read more than perhaps 25-30 pages a day of this book, but the effort is well worth it: my knowledge and love of the "First" Testament has been significantly deepened by reading these books.