By Gerhard Von Rad

ISBN-10: 0227173791

ISBN-13: 9780227173794

During this re-creation of Gerhard von Rad's vintage paintings at the Moses traditions, the reader is supplied with a extra polished textual content, cross-references to von Rad's different works, an up to date bibliography, Scripture index, and a brand new foreword by means of Walter Brueggemann. A German Lutheran pastor, collage professor and a prolific previous testomony student, Gerhard von Rad sought a revival of outdated testomony appreciation from a readership disheartened by means of global wars. Hanson brings this crucial paintings to the current iteration within the hopes of frightening a similar response.

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Moses belongs to his own time, and he still thinks, as the people of that time thought, of a universe constructed in three stories—heaven, earth, and the waters of chaos under the earth. These three levels of the universe—the whole world of created things, are reviewed together, and it is declared that in them there is nothing, no creature and no form, that can represent God in a manner worthy of him. In all these three levels of the world there is nothing whatever, whether it be original 39 Moses element or fully fashioned creature, that may be mistaken for an immediate manifestation of God and so set up as the object of human worship.

We are not in a position to parry their objection by suggesting that this phrase about the jealousy of God occurs only occasionally in the Old Testament, and that it is therefore not to be regarded as an essential 34 The First and Second Commandments characteristic of the Old Testament belief in God. The exact contrary is the truth. In all periods, in all the traditions of the Old Testament on every level, this element in its faith plays a great, even a determining, part. For the Old Testament revelation points us to a God who is in no way a neutral power, something like a world-principle or a power of nature.

The difference between these declarations and the formulation of the law of the village is at once clear. These are not conditional in form, or set out at length with minute attention to detail; they are declaratory in character, as concise and as weighty as could be. ” In a word, this is the law of God as immediately revealed, and in these 3. ] On Deuteronomy 27, see von Rad, Deuteronomy, 164–69. 49 Moses commandments we come to the basic rock of the revelation of the will of God for us, as that was imparted to Moses.

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