Numbers An Introduction and Study Guide (T&t Clark Study Guides Series)
:Davies outlines the composition and date of Numbers, and the various attempts that have been made to establish a coherent and meaningful structure in its arrangement. Davies also shows how the application of reader-response criticism, feminist criticism and postcolonial criticism...
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:Davies outlines the composition and date of Numbers, and the various attempts that have been made to establish a coherent and meaningful structure in its arrangement. Davies also shows how the application of reader-response criticism, feminist criticism and postcolonial criticism have contributed to our understanding of selected passages in the book. Addressing theological issues, Davies considers three themes that occupy much of the content of Numbers, namely; land, purity and holiness, and rebellion. The concluding chapter considers the contentious issue of the historicity of the book of Numbers in the light of recent discussions concerning the historical value of the Old Testament. Davies shows how some of the issues Numbers raises - war, disease, survival, hunger, race relations - are among the perennial problems faced by nations across the centuries and across cultures. While individual passages within Numbers may reflect a questionable sense of morality, Davies demonstrates that the book, when viewed in its totality, encompasses a number of important theological themes which recur throughout the Old Testament: the interplay of forgiveness and judgment, and of sin and punishment, and the need to trust in the power of God rather than human might.
Dr Davies, PhD, (University of Wales, Cardiff) is the principal of the Evangelical Theological College of Wales, Bryntirion, South Wales, where he lectures in the areas of Systematic and Contemporary Theology. He has spent some thirty years in the ministry in Wales, where he has, until recently, also been the chairman of the Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship Wales Advisory Council. He is the author of The ultimate rescue, Truth under Attack, An Angry God, The Beddgelert Revival and Heaven is a far Better Place published by Evangelical Press, and has written extensively on the subject of cults both for Evangelical Times, and more recently in his booklet Human cloning , right or wrong?
- :preface<b>1. Introductory Issues</b> Title Summary Of Content Composition And Date Structure<b>2. Numbers And Biblical Criticism</b> Reader-response Criticism Feminist Biblical Criticism Postcolonial Criticism<b>3. Themes In Numbers</b> Land Purity And Holiness Rebellion<b>4. Problematic Passages</b> The Census (chaps. 1 And 26) The Balaam Tradition (chaps. 22??24) The Wilderness Itinerary (33.1-49)<b>5. Historical Value And Contemporary Relevance</b> Historical Value Contemporary Relevanceindex