Faith of Israel, The: A Theological Survey of the Old Testament

William J. Dumbrell

Faith of Israel, The: A Theological Survey of the Old Testament
Faith of Israel, The: A Theological Survey of the Old Testament

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For years, William Dumbrell's comprehensive survey, The Faith of Israel, has introduced students and pastors to the theological emphases of the Old Testament. Revised throughout with substantial new material, this new edition updates the book for today's students. Dumbrell traces the theological movement of each Old Testament book through the Hebrew canonical sequence of Law, Prophets, and Writings, "the manner in which Israel presented her faith." He not only brings forth insightful points and themes within each book, but he also makes original and refreshing connections to themes in other Old Testament books. This in turn leads to a discussion of the theology of the entire Old Testament canon. "The authors of the biblical material had defined objectives in mind," writes Dumbrell. "The present work seeks to come to terms with such objectives and to present the theology underlying them." This book, then, shows how the Old Testament is not merely about ancient Israel or heroic individuals with exemplary morals. It is a book about God-his character, nature, and work in history. There are many ways to look at the Old Testament-survey the content, examine the historical movement, discuss critical issues-but this text discerns what the Old Testament says about God. The Faith of Israel offers students and seminarians a comprehensive overview of the Old Testament that serves as a helpful complement to traditional survey texts. It is wellorganized and divided into manageable sections, unified by an underlying theology that "God will not withdraw from his commitment to the world, a commitment given at creation and then affirmed through the call of Israel."

Pages: 352
Publisher: Baker Academic
Published: 2002
ISBN-10: 080102532X
ISBN-13: 9780801025327


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Dumbrells The Faith of Israel offers its readers a brief introduction to the message of the individual books of the Old Testament. As such, its focus is on the final form of the Masoretic Text. Dumbrell does not deny that the biblical writers relied on various source materials in compiling the canonical books (10), but he finds the debate over such introductory questions to be grounded in subjectivity and marked by a lack of consensus. Thus, he adopts a text-centered approach that seeks to describe the theological movement found within each book. Dumbrell has taught at institutions throughout the world: Moore Theological College in Sydney, Regent College in Vancouver, and Trinity Theological College in Singapore. This is the second edition of Dumbrells orig inal work from 1988. The first edition was a well-respected resource, especially among evangelicals. The new edition is significantly longer than the first, contains updated bibliography, and includes new insights gained through Dumbrells ongoing study of the biblical text. [Full Review]

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