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God and Earthly Power

Paperback|Jul 2008
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This title compares perspectives from critical methodologies in Old Testament study with perspectives from the history of interpretation of key Old Testament political texts.


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This title compares perspectives from critical methodologies in Old Testament study with perspectives from the history of interpretation of key Old Testament political texts.
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InGod and Earthly Power J. G. McConville 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 it. This book thus aims to address a world in which God's power is often invoked, from quite different quarters, in order to justify political and military action.


McConville's interpretation of the Old Testament focuses on Deuteronomy and the narrative in which it is set, because these are especially fruitful for political thinking. His case is argued for both exegetically and in relation to the actual use of the Old Testament in the history of political thought. McConville's core argument is that divine power, mediated through Torah, results in human freedom and a mandate for the political responsibility of citizens. Indeed, it is even the best guarantee of these.



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J Gordon McConville

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.
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  • 1. The Problem Of God In Human Policy; 2. The Old Testament In Biblical Theology And Ethics; 3. Mediations Of Power In The Old Testament; 4. An Old Testament Political Theology; 5. Old Testament Political Theology And Christian Political Thought; 6. Conclusions.

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