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The Liturgy of Creation: Understanding Calendars in Old Testament Context

Paperback|Aug 2019
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:Holidays today are often established by legislation, and calendars are published on paper and smart phones. But how were holidays chosen and taught in biblical Israel? And what might these holidays have to do with the creation narrative? In...


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:Holidays today are often established by legislation, and calendars are published on paper and smart phones. But how were holidays chosen and taught in biblical Israel? And what might these holidays have to do with the creation narrative? In this book, Michael LeFebvre considers the calendars of the Pentateuch with their basis in the heavenly lights and the land's agricultural cadences. He argues that dates were added to Old Testament narratives not as journalistic details but to teach sacred rhythms of labor and worship. LeFebvre then applies this insight to the creation week, finding that the days of creation also serve a liturgical purpose and not a scientific one. The Liturgy of Creation restores emphasis on the religious function of the creation week as a guide for Sabbath worship. Scholars, students, and church members alike will appreciate LeFebvre's careful scholarship and pastoral sensibilities.
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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 546509
  • Product Code 9780830852628
  • ISBN 083085262X
  • EAN 9780830852628
  • Pages 240
  • Department Academic
  • Category Biblical Studies
  • Sub-Category Old Testament
  • Publisher Ivp Academic
  • Publication Date Aug 2019
  • Sales Rank 62999
  • Dimensions 226 x 152 x 20mm
  • Weight 0.381kg

Michael Lefebvre

Michael LeFebvre (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) is pastor of Christ Church Reformed Presbyterian Church in the western suburbs of Indianapolis. He is the author of Singing the Songs of Jesus: Revisiting the Psalms and Collections, Codes, and Torah: The Re-characterization of Israel's Written Law (Library of Hebrew Bible/ Old Testament Studies; T & T Clark, 2006)
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  • :foreword By C. John Collins
  • Preface
  • Abbreviations
  • Introduction: Dates, Stories, And Calendars
  • <strong>part I: Israel's Calendars</strong>
  • 1. Calendars In The Sky
  • 2. Cycles Of Sevens
  • 3. The Festivals Of Israel
  • <em>chart: Israel's Calendar Of Holy Days</em>
  • <strong>part Ii: Festivals And Their Stories</strong>
  • 4. The Festival Stories Of Israel
  • <em>chart: Pentateuch Calendar</em>
  • 5. Dates For Remembering
  • 6. Dates Assigned By Law
  • <strong>part Iii: The Creation Week</strong>
  • 7. The Creation Week As Calendar Narrative
  • 8. The Plot Of The Creation Week
  • 9. Ordered For Fruitfulness (days 1&#x2013;3)
  • 10. Populated For Blessing (days 4&#x2013;6)
  • 11. Crowned With Communion (day 7)
  • 12. A Calendar For Sabbath, Not Science
  • Bibliography
  • General Index
  • Scripture Index

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