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By Joel S. Kaminsky

The subject of the election of Israel is among the such a lot debatable and tough topics within the whole Bible. sleek readers ask yourself why God would prefer one particular humans and why Israel particularly used to be selected. essentially the most very important and theologically incisive voices in this subject has been that of Jon D. Levenson. His cautious, wide-ranging scholarship at the Hebrew Bible and its theological reuse in later Judaic and Christian resources has motivated a new release of Jewish and Christian thinkers.

This targeted quantity seeks to convey to a large viewers the continuing wealthy theological discussion at the election of Israel. Writing from a number of disciplines and views, the authors—Jews, Catholics, and Protestants—contribute thought-provoking essays spanning fields together with the Hebrew Bible, apocryphal and pseudepigraphic literature, New testomony, rabbinics, the heritage of Christian exegesis, and sleek theology. The ensuing booklet not just engages the lifelong paintings of Jon D. Levenson but additionally sheds new mild on a subject matter of significant import to Judaism and Christianity and to the continued discussion among those religion traditions.

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Then, with this “evidence” at hand, Achish places trust in David, adopts him into his entourage, and appoints him as bodyguard (28:2). Achish therefore acts on his belief in David. The Ninevites act, too. For a reason unknown to the reader, and despite its ambiguity, the Ninevites judge God’s oracle true. They then initiate mourning rituals that include the king ( Jonah 3:6) and animals (v. 7), and perform “deeds” signifying a renunciation of their wicked ways (v. 10a). 22 The situation portrayed in Exodus 14 is similar.

As evidence, the divine cloud shifts position (vv. 19–20), and Moses channels the Lord’s power over the sea (v. 21): the cloud sends the Egyptians into panic (v. 24b) and instills the recognition of the Lord’s responsibility in the affair (v. 25b; see also v.  27; see also v. 28). The outcome is narrated according to plan: “On that day, the Lord saved Israel from the grip of Egypt. Israel saw Egypt dead on the seashore” (v. 30). Moreover, these demonstrations move the Israelites beyond visual awareness of divine power or Mosaic instrumentality (v.

The Ninevites act, too. For a reason unknown to the reader, and despite its ambiguity, the Ninevites judge God’s oracle true. They then initiate mourning rituals that include the king ( Jonah 3:6) and animals (v. 7), and perform “deeds” signifying a renunciation of their wicked ways (v. 10a). 22 The situation portrayed in Exodus 14 is similar. Seeing the Egyptians on their tail terrifies the Israelites (v. 10). , “see”) both the Lord’s victory as well as the disappearance of the Egyptians (v. 13).

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