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Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament 5.1 (2016)

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“Must Biblical and Systematic Theology Remain Apart? Reflection on Paul van Imschoot” by SCOTT N. CALLAHAM

Biblical and systematic theology stand in tension as fields of study that are constructively related in theory but strictly segregated in practice. In the first place, the nature of biblical theology seems to mandate that the concerns of systematic theology exert no conscious influence upon the work of biblical theologians. Furthermore, as a rule, biblical theologies—especially those firmly grounded in the OT— only tangentially influence the work of systematicians. Thus endures a stubborn, seemingly intractable impasse in academic theology. Those who nonetheless seek a voice for biblical theology in the broader world of Christian theological reflection have an unlikely ally in Paul van Imschoot, a nearly forgotten pre-Vatican II Catholic biblical theologian. Van Imschoot’s productive labors transgress received assumptions on the relationship between biblical and systematic theology and beckon present theologians to return to the grounding of Scripture for the formation of doctrine.

KEYWORDS: biblical theology, systematic theology, OT theology, pneumatology, Paul van Imschoot

“Power, Mercy, and Vengeance: The Thirteen Attributes in Nahum” by GREGORY COOK

ABSTRACT: Nahum scholars typically interpret the reference to YHWH’s Thirteen Attributes of Mercy in Nah 1:3a as a re-reading meant to minimize YHWH’s mercy and emphasize his wrath. This article shows that the quote originates from Num 14:17–18 while maintaining an allusion to Exod 34:6–7. In this light, Nah 1:3a does not explain YHWH’s wrath against Assyria; rather, it explains how YHWH could pardon Judah’s apostasy and deliver his people .

KEYWORDS: Nahum, Exodus 34, Numbers 14, hesed, massa

“The Visual and Auditory Presentation of God on Mount Sinai” by SUNNY WANG

ABSTRACT: In the OT there are two accounts of theophany recorded in Exod 19–20 and Deut 4–5. Some scholars thus argue that Deut 4 is constructed in such a way as to show that hearing is superior to sight. This paper argues that the senses of sight and hearing are used together to attain knowledge of God and that this interrelation between seeing and hearing is intended. The account of theophany on Mount Sinai is used as an example to show that seeing and hearing are often mingled to complement each other. The presence of God is experienced through hearing the voice of God and seeing God speaking out of fire, cloud, and smoke on the mountain. There is no sign to prove that one sense is superior to the other in the account of theophany. They are both means by which to experience God.

KEYWORDS: senses, sight, hearing, theophany, knowledge of God, epistemology

BOOK REVIEWS

The Oxford Handbook of the Psalms edited by William P. Brown (Reviewed by J. E. Stewart)

Joshua 1–12 by Trent C. Butler (Reviewed by P. Long)

Joshua 13–24 by Trent C. Butler (Reviewed by P. Long)

The Shape and Shaping of the Book of Psalms: The Current State of Scholarship edited by Nancy deClaissé-Walford (Reviewed by I. J. Vaillancourt)

Consider Leviathan: Narratives of Nature and the Self in Job by Brian R. Doak (Reviewed by C. Sun)

The Book of Exodus: Composition, Reception, and Interpretation edited by Thomas B. Dozeman, Craig A. Evans, and Joel N. Lohr (Reviewed by A. W. Dyck)

Joshua 1–12: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary by Thomas B. Dozeman (Reviewed by C. Barnes)

Do We Need the New Testament? Letting the Old Testament Speak for Itself by John Goldingay (Reviewed by J. Langford)

Abschied von der Priesterschrift?: Zum Stand der Pentateuchdebatte edited by Friedhelm Hartenstein and Konrad Schmid (Reviewed by P. Tucker)

Adam, Eve, and the Devil: A New Beginning [English] by Marjo C. A. Korpel and Johannes C. de Moor (Reviewed by J. Soden)

Genesis by Trempor Longman III (Reviewed by R. L. Meek)

Psalms: An Introduction and Commentary by Trempor Longman III (Reviewed by J. Moody)

Cantos and Strophes in Biblical Hebrew Poetry III  Psalms 90–150 and Psalm 1 by Pieter van der Lugt (Reviewed by P. C. W. Ho)

Adam, the Fall, and Original Sin edited by Hans Madueme and Michael Reeves (Reviewed by M. Baker)

Egypt as a Monster in the Book of Ezekiel by Safwat Marzouk (Reviewed by L.-S. Tiemeyer)

The Divine Image: Prophetic Aniconic Rhetoric and Its Contribution to the Aniconism Debate by Jill Middlemas (Reviewed by A. M. King)

Just Deceivers: An Exploration of the Motif of Deception in the Books of Samuel by Matthew Newkirk (Reviewed by R. Wadholm, Jr.)

John’s Use of Ezekiel: Understanding the Unique Perspective of the Fourth Gospel by Brian Neil Peterson (Reviewed by D. Grumbles)

Leviticus by Jay Sklar (Reviewed by K. Hayashi)

Accordance 11 (Reviewed by S. N. Callaham)

BibleWorks 10 (Reviewed by S. N. Callaham)

Return of the King: Messianic Expectation in Book V of the Psalter by Michael K. Snearly (Reviewed by L. Kennedy)

Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi by Anthony R. Petterson (Reviewed by L.-S. Tiemeyer)

By the River Chebar: Historical, Literary, and Theological Studies in the Book of Ezekiel by Daniel I. Block (Reviewed by W. R. Osborne)

Beyond the River Chebar: Studies in Kingship and Eschatology in the Book of Ezekiel by Daniel I. Block (Reviewed by W. R. Osborne)