The Study of Old Testament Theology Today

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James Clarke & Co., 2004 - Religion - 116 pages
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Is the Old Testament man-centred? Is it merely a collection of myths that evolved out of man's search for God? Or is the Old Testament a record of God's Revelation to man in history? Is the Old Testament a part of the word of God? In the four lectures presented in this book, Dr Young explores the history, nature, content and influence of Old Testament theology. Dr. Young takes bold issue with modern scholars of the Old Testament, who have dissected its words, but ignored their meaning. In his discussion of Old Testament theology and history, he admits that archaeology has, in general, supported the position of those who have regarded Old Testament history as untrustworthy. However, his clear arguments support the premise that the Old Testament is grounded upon that which God Himself did in history. The author examines the nature of Old Testament theology, and compares Old Testament literature with references in The Iliad and The Odyssey and in the religious literature of Egypt and Babylonia. He traces the development of the oral tradition, which can be recognised in Old Testament literature, and the cultural influence which affected the scribes. However, whilst he argues that these influences should be noted, he believes that they are of secondary importance to the words themselves. Finally, Dr, Young concludes by analysing the meaning of the Covenant, and the content and influence of Old Testament theology. He examines the prophecies which prepare for the coming of the Messiah, and considers the manner in which the Old Testament paves the way for the New. This discussion of Old Testament theology is of supreme importance to ministers and students, and to all who love the Bible.

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Four lectures, delivered to the London Bible College in 1958, represent some of the best theological education I've read. The reasons for and application of a true theology are described with clarity, with examination of what doesn't work as well.
I've had my hardback edition of this book for many years. Not only do I use it in helping others, I keep reviewing it myself start to finish. I consider this a book I now read for pleasure reading, instead of fiction. I cannot recommend it enough. Praise God for Edward J. Young and his lectures here printed.

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