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Old Testament Theology
Divine Call and Human Response

By John Kessler

Old Testament Theology
Paperback, 623 pages $49.95
Published: 15th August 2013
ISBN: 9781602587373
Format: 9in x 6in

Subjects: All Theology, Hebrew Bible

Old Testament Theology provides a foundational tool for a theological reading of the Old Testament. In the book’s central chapters, John Kessler delineates six differing representations of the divine-human relationship, with special emphasis on the kind of response each one evokes from the people of God. He traces these representations through the Old Testament, into the New Testament, and reflects on their significance for the values and character formation of the people of God today. Old Testament Theology combines elements of Old Testament history, exegesis, hermeneutics, and theology, and situates them within the social, cultural, and intellectual world of ancient Israel and Israelite religious institutions. The result is a comprehensive and readable introduction to Old Testament theology for students in seminaries and colleges. 

Preface: What Is This Book About?


List of Abbreviations

1. Reading the Old Testament Theologically

Challenges and Rewards

2. Hearing God’s Voice in the Old Testament

3. The Old Testament’s Portraits of Relationship with God

4. Creation Theology

The Relationship of Knowing God as Creator and God’s Purposes for Creation

5. Covenants and Covenantal Relationships in Israel and the Ancient Near East

An Overview

6. Sinai Covenant Theology

The Relationship of Grateful Obligation

7. Promise Theology

The Relationship of Confident Expectation

8. Priestly Theology

The Gift of Yahweh’s Holy Presence

9. The Theology of Divine Accessibility

Speaking to God amidst the Manifold Experiences of Life

10. Wisdom Theology

The Relationship of Faith Seeking Understanding

11. Living in the House That God Built

Learning to Read Scripture for Theological Emphasis and Relational Response



"John Kessler has integrated his responses to the ground problems and antagonisms regarding the Scriptures into his exegetical method. The author challenges readers to look after other streams that determine the faith tradition from which the Hebrew Bible ensues. The study relies on thorough knowledge of the Scriptures themselves, the history of their interpretation, the contemporary discussion on language concerning transcendental issues and the large variety of historical and literary methods applied. Therefore, master and postgraduate students, teachers and pastors of every Christian denomination, moreover readers of divergent disposition, in love of or curious about or even prejudiced against the Old Testament as part of the Christian Bible, will find their questions taken seriously to the end while being helped to assess the Book at its true values."

—Willem A. M. Beuken, Catholic University Leuven

"An appealing, innovative work."

—John Goldingay, Fuller Theological Seminary, Interpretation

“John Kessler’s Old Testament Theology: Divine Call and Human Response helps students navigate the often confusing thought world of the Old Testament by identifying key theological streams and the kind of response each one seeks from the people of God.”

—Marion Ann Taylor, Professor of Old Testament, Wycliffe College, University of Toronto

"Kessler’s sensitive and deep-level readings provide a helpful guide through the diverse traditions of the Old Testament in order to hear the relational responses being summoned from the text throughout. This is the work of a confident and bold scholar who is not threatened by the theological diversity running along the crevices and fractures of the Old Testament text.”

—Bill T. Arnold, Acting Dean, School of Biblical Interpretation and Paul S. Amos Professor of Old Testament Interpretation, Asbury Theological Seminary

John Kessler is Professor of Old Testament, Tyndale University College and Seminary. He resides in Toronto, Ontario. 

R. B. Y. Scott Award - 2015 - Canadian Society of Biblical Scholars - Winner

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 623 pages
 9in x 6in

  REL006090, REL067000
 Baylor University Press

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