- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: BAKER ACADEMIC (April 18 2017)
- Language: English
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Heartbeat of Old Testament Theology, The: Three Creedal Expressions Paperback – Apr 18 2017
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The Heartbeat of Old Testament Theology is part of the Acadia Studies in Bible and Theology series. The series editor is Craig A. Evans.
"Boda has demonstrated great insight and learning in his numerous previous publications. In The Heartbeat of Old Testament Theology, he now illumines the overall theological message of the Old Testament. This book is must reading for all serious students of the Bible."
--Tremper Longman III, Westmont College
"Wonderfully grounded in close readings of biblical texts, this work is an impressive presentation of key theological trajectories that reveal the person and acts of God across the canon. Boda explores what he labels the narrative, character, and relational creeds of Israel and then connects them to the redemptive purposes for all of creation. His carefully articulated method establishes the Old Testament's own voice before demonstrating its rich and complex ties to the New. Informed, creative, and robust, The Heartbeat of Old Testament Theology is an important contribution!"
--M. Daniel Carroll R. (Rodas), Wheaton College and Graduate School
"Boda, who has penned a number of important biblical-theological studies, here demonstrates his considerable control of the biblical texts in pursuit of what he calls the heartbeat of Old Testament theology. The result is a useful presentation of three creedal rhythms: narrative, character, and relational. Not content to restrict the discussion to the Old Testament, Boda also relates these rhythms to the New Testament and to Christian life more broadly. A sermon and a lengthy appendix round out the volume and show his ideas at work and in action."
--Brent A. Strawn, Emory University
"Boda has written a contemporary Old Testament theology worth reading--learned, reflective, insightful, and relevant. His emphasis on the creedal affirmations that constitute the 'pulse' for theological formulation links back to the fountain of Gerhard von Rad but carries that proposal forward for today. Students and ministers alike will benefit from this work, and it is one I warmly commend."
--Heath A. Thomas, Oklahoma Baptist University
About the Author
Mark J. Boda (PhD, University of Cambridge) is professor of Old Testament at McMaster Divinity College in Hamilton, Ontario. He is the author or editor of more than twenty-five books, including commentaries on Haggai, Zechariah, 1-2 Chronicles, and Judges.
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But he also finds a “character rhythm” in repeated descriptions of “God's active character” and personal attributes, using nonperfective/nonpreterite verbal forms (including participles, adjectives, and nouns), as in Exod. 20:5-6; 34:6-7; Num. 14:18; Deut. 5:9-10; 7:9-10; 1 Kgs. 8:23/2 Chr. 6:14; Neh. 1:5; 9:32; Jer. 32:18; Dan. 9:4. And finally, he detects a “relational rhythm” in the repeated references to “God's relational identity,” typically using the Hebrew verb of being (hayah) and verbless clauses. Here he refers to variations of the covenantal expression, “I will be your God and you will be my people” (Exod. 6:7; Lev. 26:12; Deut. 29:13; with variations in Gen. 17:7-8; Lev. 11:45; 22:33; 25:38; Num. 15:41; 2 Sam. 7:14; 1 Chr. 17:13; 22:10; Jer. 31:33; Ezek. 36:28). These expressions, he says, reflect the language of marriage and adoption.
Boda does not claim that these rhythms “exhaust OT theology,” but that “they are core values of Biblical Theology that pump life into every part of the OT” (p. 77). I believe he makes an excellent case. But he is to be commended further for devoting the second half of his book to extending the analysis into the New Testament, finding the same rhythms there. Thus, Boda has given us an excellent work of Biblical Theology. In fact, he ends with a helpful appendix on Biblical Theology, in which he presents a creative categorization of the various ways the New Testament fulfills the Old (pp. 166-72).
Along the way, he raises eyebrows from time to time, such as when he approvingly quotes Jane Schaberg, who thinks the four women in Matthew's genealogy of Jesus “is designed to lead Matthew’s reader to expect another, final story of a woman [Mary] who becomes a social misfit in some way; is wronged or thwarted; who is party to a sexual act that places her in great danger [!] ...” (p. 106). Boda also makes the intriguing claim that “while redemption is essential for the realization of creational transformation, it is creational transformation that is the main purpose” (p. 138).
One final raising of the eyebrows occurred when I read these charges: “To read the OT (and the NT) as if Jesus did not show up at the turn of the ages and change the course of history would not be Christian” (p. 173), and “After Christian interpreters have discerned the theological significance of an OT passage and/or an OT theological theme, they must [!] reflect on the significance of the Christ event for this passage and/or theme” (p. 174), and “To read the OT without these broader redemptive goals in mind would not be Christian” (p. 175), and finally, “ This particular theological witness needs to be placed within the broader trajectory of the theological witness of the canon as a whole” (p. 177). I do not object to these charges; I applaud them. But these are very similar to the problems I had with Boda’s 2016 NICOT commentary on Zechariah for Eerdmans in my Themelios review (41.3 December, 2016, pp. 492-93). So I find myself puzzled and desirous of explanation. Was the NICOT volume not intended to be “Christian”?