God and Earthly Power
The book considers the nature of human power in the light of belief in God. The bible, and especially the Old Testament, is relevant to the question, not least because perceptions about the use of power in relation to God...
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The book considers the nature of human power in the light of belief in God. The bible, and especially the Old Testament, is relevant to the question, not least because perceptions about the use of power in relation to God are often derived correctly or incorrectly from the book is thus addressed into a world in which God's power is often invoked, from quite different quarters, in order to justify political and military action. The book considers the problem of the particularity of the Old Testament, both in general and in relation to New Testament universality. The interpretation of the Old Testament focuses on Deuteronomy and the narrative in which it is set, because these are especially fruitful for political thinking. The thesis is argued for both exegetically and in relation actual use of the Old Testament in the history of political thought. An important argument of the book is that divine power, mediated through Torah, results in human freedom and a mandate for political responsibility. It is even the best guarantee of these. In this connection, it is argued that in the biblical understanding of God there is not a link between monotheism and totalitarianism.
J. Gordon McConville, (Ph.D., Queen's University, Belfast) is Professor of Old Testament at the University of Gloucestershire in Cheltenham, England. He is the author of several books and studies on Old Testament topics, including Law and Theology in Deuteronomy (JSOT Press), Time and Place in Deuteronomy (with J. G. Millar; JSOT Press), Deuteronomy (Apollos Old Testament Commentary), 1 and 2 Chronicles (Daily Study Bible), Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther (Daily Study Bible), and Judgment and Promise: An Introduction to the Book of Jeremiah (Apollos). He is currently working on Old Testament political theology, and is co-editor of the Two Horizons Commentary (Old Testament) with Craig Bartholomew, has authored the volume on Joshua with Stephen Williams.
Koorong -Editorial Review.
- Contents; 1. The Problem Of God In Human Policy; 2. The Old Testament In Biblical Theology And Ethics; 3. Mediations Of Power In The Ot; 4. An Old Testament Political Theology; 5. Ot Political Theology And Christian Political Thought; 6. Conclusions.