246 Book Reviews / Horizons in Biblical Th eology 29 (2007) 223-253 Old Testament Turning Points: Th e Narratives Th at Shaped a Nation by Victor H. Matthews. H. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2005. Pp. 208. $18.99. Old Testament Turning Points: Th e Narratives Th at Shaped a Nation by Victor H. Matthews is a ﬁne book that becomes better with second and third readings. Why so? Because with multiple readings, one appreciates even more the depth of Matthews’ scholarship and insights. I sense above all that Matthews, Professor of Religious Studies and Associate Dean of the College of Humanities and Public Aﬀairs at Missouri State University, has pondered, mulled over, and meditated on the text and the stories he’s chosen. Th e book reﬂects years of thought. Most helpful to me as a scholar, professor, and teacher of undergraduates are two things: Matthews oﬀers his own opinions and Matthews provides boxes. For example, when the ark arrives in Jerusalem, David jubilantly dances, stripped down to an ephod (2 Sam. 6:14). Matthews speculates that David’s action may be to set a precedent for royal participation in ritual drama and enthusiastic worship (p. 92). I ﬁnd that both
Horizons in Biblical Theology – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2007
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