Item description for Jonah: A Theological Exposition of Sacred Scripture (Concordia Commentary) by R. Reed Lessing...
Overview Concordia Commentary: A Theological Exposition of Sacred Scripture is written to enable pastors and teachers of the Word to proclaim the Gospel with greater insight, clarity, and faithfulness to the divine intent of the biblical text. This landmark work will cover all the canonical books of the Old and New Testaments, interpreting Scripture as a harmonious unity centered in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Every passage bears witness to the Good News that God has reconciled the world to Himself through our Lord's life, death, and resurrection. The commentary fully affirms the divine inspiration, inerrancy, and authority of Scripture as it emphasizes "that which promotes Christ" in each periscope. Authors are sensitive to the rich treasury of language, imagery, and themes found throughout Scripture, including such dialectics as Law and Gospel, sin and grace, death and new life, folly and wisdom, demon, possession and the arrival of the kingdom of God in Christ. Careful attention is given to the original Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek. Further light is shed on the text from archaeology, history, and extra biblical literature. Finally, Scripture's message is applied to the ongoing life of the church in terms of ministry, worship, proclamation of the Word, Baptism, the Lord's Supper, confession of the faith--all in joyful anticipation of the life of the world to come. This commentary interprets the narrative of Jonah as true history that reveals the God of Israel as gracious toward all who repent and believe in him. The introduction discusses the historical setting, archaeological evidence, and themes in the book. An original translation is based on the textual notes, which explain all the grammatical features of the Hebrew, revealing the literary artistry of Jonah's author. The commentary clearly expounds the book's message in harmony with the rest of the Scriptures. Ironically, Jonah the Israelite begrudges God's abundant grace, while Gentiles are converted to saving faith through the power of the preached Word. Excursuses cover evangelism in the OT, "The Sign of Jonah" in the Gospels, death and resurrection motifs from Jonah 2 in Christian Baptism, and God changing his verdict from judgment to salvation. The commentary's focus is on the "one greater than Jonah": Jesus Christ, the Savior of all peoples.
Publishers Description The Concordia Commentary series enables pastors and teachers of the Word to proclaim the Gospel with greater insight and clarity. This newest commentary interprets the narrative of Jonah as true history that presents the God of Israel as gracious toward all who repent and believe in Him. Keeping its focus upon the "one greater than Jonah," our Savior, Jesus, it discusses missions, Baptism, and prayer. The introduction discusses the book's historical setting, genre, and themes. The author provides a literal, original translation. Textual notes explain the grammatical features of the Hebrew, revealing the literary artistry of Jonah's author. This theological commentary clearly expounds the book's message in harmony with the rest of the Scriptures. Ironically, Jonah the Israelite begrudges God's abundant grace, while Gentiles are converted to saving faith through the power of the preached Word. Excursuses cover evangelism in the Old Testament, "the Sign of Jonah" in the Gospels, death and resurrection motifs from Jonah 2 in Christian Baptism, and God changing His verdict from judgment to salvation. The commentary's focus is on the "one greater than Jonah": Jesus Christ, the Savior of all peoples.
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Studio: Concordia Publishing House
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.7" Width: 7.92" Height: 1.32" Weight: 2.37 lbs.
Release Date Jul 19, 2007
Publisher Concordia Publishing House
Series Concordia Commentary
ISBN 0758602731 ISBN13 9780758602732
Reviews - What do customers think about Jonah: A Theological Exposition of Sacred Scripture (Concordia Commentary)?
Welcomed Expose on Vital Biblical Book: Sign of Jonah! Jun 4, 2007
This truly is a welcome addition to the growing commentary series published by CPH, this being the first of the Minor Prophets. Easily, as the author relates, Jonah stands out in its dissimilarities with the other prophets, so this is vital contribution.
Lessing sees Jonah as valid, inspired Word of God. He sees it as a clear example of factual, narrative history. This makes it unique among prophetical writings, loaded as it is with irony and satire. Lessing believes this is its strength and usefulness to us if mined with correct exegesis: "the better our understanding is of the artistic workings of Jonah, the better will be our grasp of the historical subjects it depicts."
What does Lessing make of the "great fish?" He provides pertinent commentary of the great fish and the qiqayon plant as Yahweh's grace to bring Jonah and Ninevites to salvation. This usage of God of plants and animals is a theme of OT texts, showing obedience of such and service to God, e.g. Is. 1:3; Numb. 22; Dan.6. Believing that factually this happened, the author provides much for the consideration of this, with a wonderful Excursus on the Sign of Jonah and its relevant typology to Jesus and the NT church.
While some would want only to focus on the Great Fish Story or on Yahweh's soverign power, Lessing rather sees the theology of this Biblical book as: "the greatness of Yahweh's grace ... Throughout the narrative, Yahweh is the God who delivers. ... In summary, although strict justice would demand that the idolatrous sailors, the evil Ninevites, and even the prodigal Jonah should perish, over and over Yahweh's mercy prevails and grants new life. "Salvation belongs to Yahweh." Indeed, 'Mercy and forgiveness belong to the Lord our God (Dan 9:9), and not to Jonah or anyone else to dispense or to withhold according to their whim and will."
Thoroughly engaged in the philogy and other related fields, this is a most engaging, energized expose of this vital Biblical book. For most it will provide significant new exposure to this book's historical usage and understanding of the text, e.g. the Midrash Jonah explaining the switch of masculine and feminine terms for the fish in 2:1 is new and fascinating.
Well done! A blessing to read and use for the life of the church!