By Richard Bauckham
This enticing examine presents a brand new means of taking a look at Scripture--one that takes heavily the biblical concept of challenge. Richard Bauckham indicates how God identifies himself with specific participants or humans in human historical past as a way to be recognized by way of all. he's the God of Abraham, Israel, and David and, eventually, the one that acts via Jesus Christ.
Bauckham applies those insights to the modern scene, encouraging these desirous about project to be delicate to postmodern issues approximately globalization whereas whilst emphasizing the individuality of Christian religion. In doing so, he demonstrates the range of Christian religion worldwide. This e-book could be lucrative interpreting for pastors, lay readers, and scholars of Scripture, project, and postmodernism.
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Bailey Wells, God's Holy People: A Theme in Biblical Theology (JSOTSS 305; Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2000), pp. 1 8 5 - 2 0 7 . From the One to the Many 29 promises to Abraham: Abraham himself will be blessed, in that his descendants will be a great nation, and Abraham will be a blessing, in that all the families of the earth will be blessed (Genesis 12:2-3). From the one man Abraham and the one new nation that descends from him, God's blessing will overflow to all other nations. The promise that all the nations will be blessed is repeated four more times in Genesis (18:18; 22:18; 26:4; 28:14).
This tension is resolved in the messianic fulfilment as the New Testament portrays it. Earthly empire is subsumed once more into God's but in such a way that the human brotherliness of Israel's kings (cf. Deuteronomy 17:15, 20) is also assumed into God's universal rule. In the exal tation of Jesus to share God's own cosmic throne in heaven, the 'divinity' of the Davidic kings - the quasidivinity they exercise as God's deputies - is reclaimed for God himself, but the humble solidarity of the ideal human king with his fellow-humans is also established on a cosmic scale.
We have looked at three historic forms of the Bible's narrative movement from the particular to the universal. In each case we have started with an Old Testament particular. We have noted the singularity of God's choice as he singles out the one person Abraham, the one nation Israel, the one king David and the one place Zion. We have also seen how God's purpose always begins with such singling out but never ends there. It was never God's intention to bless Abraham purely for his and his descen dants' sake.
Bible and Mission: Christian Witness in a Postmodern World by Richard Bauckham