A Severe Mercy: Sin and Its Remedy in the Old Testament by Mark J. Boda

By Mark J. Boda

The biblical-theological technique Boda takes during this paintings is canonical-thematic, tracing the presentation of the theology of sin and its therapy within the canonical shape and form of the previous testomony. The hermeneutical foundations for this firm were laid through others in prior a long time, in particular by means of Brevard Childs in his groundbreaking paintings. yet A critical Mercy additionally displays fresh ways to integrating biblical figuring out with different methodologies as well as Childs's. therefore, it enters the innovative area of the traditional canon of the outdated testomony in an effort to spotlight the "word perspectives" and "literary shapes" of the "texts taken separately and as an entire collection." For the literary form of the person texts, it locations the "word perspectives" of the dominant expressions and pictures, in addition to numerous passages, within the better context of the biblical books during which they're stumbled on. For the literary form of the texts as a set, it identifies key subthemes and strains their improvement during the outdated testomony canon. The breadth of Boda's research is either demanding and brave, leading to the 1st finished exam of the subject within the twenty first century.

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Later in 20:17–18, the focus of judgment is placed on the closing of the wombs of his household, suggesting that the death in view is the death of his line. Interestingly, although God knew that Abimelech took Sarah with a clear conscience (Gen 20:6, Úb}b:l}Aμt:b,} “in the integrity of your heart”) 31 and so restrained (˚cj) him from sinning (afj) by “touching” her, divine judgment still rested on Abimelech’s family (20:3). In the words of Abimelech in 20:9, his naive act was “a great sin” (hl:døg] ha:f:j)“ .

Lamech’s speech to his wives in 4:23 reveals the depths of sin to which the line of Cain has fallen, as Lamech pronounces his own vengeful curse on those who would endanger him. Unlike his ancestor Cain, this vengeance would fall on any who would merely injure (not kill) Lamech and would be carried out by Lamech himself, thus justifying his murderous ways. Gen 4:25–26 provides an important literary contrast to the account of Cain that precedes it, with the birth of Seth as a replacement for the murdered Abel (see Wenham 1987: 115).

For this, see Speiser (1964: 46); and Hamilton (1990: 269); however, also see Scullion (1992: 62); Westermann and Green (1987: 44); and Wenham (1987: 141–42) for the view that this was a limiting of human life span, which seems to be contradicted by the length of life spans later in Genesis. book Page 22 Thursday, August 20, 2009 10:52 AM 22 Chapter 2 Noah’s righteous and blameless character and relationship with Yahweh qualifies him as the one who would facilitate God’s grace for his creation. Although Yahweh expresses his intention to destroy all breathing beings through a reversal of his creative activity in Genesis 1, 15 a remnant will be preserved on the ark.

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