Old Testament Theology: Israel’s Gospel
By John Goldingay
Winner of a 2004 ECPA Gold Medallion Award! In this first volume of a three-volume Old Testament theology, John Goldingay focuses on narrative. Examining the biblical order of God’s creation of and interactions with the world and Israel, he tells the story of Israel’s gospel as a series of divine acts: God Began * God Started Over * God Promised * God Delivered * God Sealed * God Gave * God Accommodated * God Wrestled * God Preserved * God Sent * God Exalted.
This is an Old Testament theology like no other. Whether applying magnifying or wide-angle lenses, Goldingay is closely attentive to the First Testament’s narrative, plot, motifs, tensions and subtleties. Brimming with insight and energy, and postmodern in its ethos, this book will repeatedly reward readers with fresh and challenging perspectives on God and God’s ways with Israel and the world – as well as Israel’s ways with God.
Goldingay’s Old Testament Theology is not only a scholarly contribution to the ongoing quest of understanding the theological dimensions of the First Testament. Preachers and teachers will prize it as a smart, informed and engaging companion as they read and re-present the First Testament story to postmodern pilgrims on the way. This is Old Testament theology that preaches. Volume two focuses on Israel’s faith, or Old Testament theology as belief. It explores the person and nature of God, the nature of the world and humanity, the character of sin and the significance of Israel. Volume three’s focus is Israel’s life, or Old Testament theology as ethos, exploring its worship, spirituality, ideals and vision for living.