By R.A.F. MacKenzie

Faith and historical past within the outdated testomony used to be first released in 1963. Minnesota Archive variations makes use of electronic know-how to make long-unavailable books once more available, and are released unaltered from the unique college of Minnesota Press editions.

This soaking up and readable account of the faith of old Israel is gifted opposed to the heritage of alternative cultures of the time. Father MacKenzie lines the improvement of Israel's trust and attracts upon sleek wisdom of the cultures of the traditional close to East to light up the heritage. however the major pressure is at the spiritual which means which the Israelites themselves perceived within the occasions they skilled, a that means that's accredited and prolonged in numerous methods by way of glossy Jews and through Christians.

The writer explains, in non-technical sort, the precise good points of the religion of the previous testomony as obtrusive in such topics as covenant, production, retribution, the pursuit of knowledge, and the desire of salvation. on the outset, he defines the learn of theology and locations the learn of Chrisson with that of Israel. He analyzes Israel's notion of God and the nature of the covenant among God and the folks of Israel, discusses the Israelite literature at the production of earth and its creatures, and considers the interrelationship among fable and heritage. He discusses the quest for knowledge in Israel, the general public prayers, and the concept that of a promise from the deity. In end, he offers the translation by way of the outdated testomony authors of those detailed beneficial properties of Israel's religion.

The booklet is meant for lay humans drawn to sleek Bible interpretation, in addition to for monks, ministers, and rabbis who want a normal survey of the previous testomony. it really is compatible to be used as a textual content or supplementary examining in faith or theology courses.

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A preliminary remark is in place on the meaning of this distinction. On the principle of proceeding from the known to the unknown, concepts of divinity must be built up by men with the aid of images and concepts that derive from human experience, experience of themselves and their psychology, of the forces in their environment, of other animal or human beings. The Babylonian and Egyptian gods were originally thought of as the guiding and operating principles of what we should call the forces of nature.

Who was instructed to erect a new temple to Ningirsu. Thus with the instructions to later Assyrian monarchs, who were ordered to carry devastation far and wide, as a means of glorifying the power of Assur. Again, this command is a specific one. It is not to be understood as though, in general, the will of this god is that all city dwellers should disperse into the wilderness, or that all the nomads around Haran should move in the direction of Canaan. On the contrary, tribe and clan are to be left behind; they are to remain in the land; and Abraham alone is picked out for a peculiar and mysterious destiny.

The foundation thus laid was permanent, and it belongs to the essence both of Judaism and of Christianity. The God of salvation, the self-revealing God, is demonstrated to be completely independent of the world and the race he has created; but he chooses to extend his care to them, and to work their salvation. His first step in that process is the establishment of covenant, that is, of a new status for men that raises them above whatever natural knowledge and experience they might have of him, and makes them, not just his creatures, not just his servants, but his covenant partners and his sons.

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