The God of Israel

The God of Israel 202 Book Reviews / Journal of Reformed Th eology 2 (2008) 189-207 Robert P. Gordon (ed.), Th e God of Israel (University of Cambridge Oriental Publications 64), CUP, Cambridge 2007, 307 pp., £55.00 (ISBN 9780521873659). Th is book is divided into two parts. Th e first part ( General Perspectives ) includes seven, comprehensive, theoretical studies. Th e second part ( Texts and Th emes ) consists of nine essays that analyze shorter and longer passages in the OT. In his introductory essay, the volume editor, Robert P. Gordon, emphasizes that Y hwh appears in the OT as the God of Israel, i.e., a God primarily linked to his people and not to holy places. From the eighteen essays, I shall discuss a few that highlight various aspects of this relationship between Y hwh and his people. A summary of all the essays is provided in the Introduction (8-19). Th e theme of the presence of Y HWH is discussed by Nathan MacDonald in his “Aniconism in the Old Testament” (20-34). MacDonald looks for the rationale behind biblical anicon- ism. He argues that the classical explanations considering the nature of Y hwh , the idols, or Israel—to explain http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Reformed Theology Brill

The God of Israel

Journal of Reformed Theology, Volume 2 (2): 202 – Jan 1, 2008

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Brill
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© 2008 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1872-5163
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1569-7312
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10.1163/156973108X306326
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202 Book Reviews / Journal of Reformed Th eology 2 (2008) 189-207 Robert P. Gordon (ed.), Th e God of Israel (University of Cambridge Oriental Publications 64), CUP, Cambridge 2007, 307 pp., £55.00 (ISBN 9780521873659). Th is book is divided into two parts. Th e first part ( General Perspectives ) includes seven, comprehensive, theoretical studies. Th e second part ( Texts and Th emes ) consists of nine essays that analyze shorter and longer passages in the OT. In his introductory essay, the volume editor, Robert P. Gordon, emphasizes that Y hwh appears in the OT as the God of Israel, i.e., a God primarily linked to his people and not to holy places. From the eighteen essays, I shall discuss a few that highlight various aspects of this relationship between Y hwh and his people. A summary of all the essays is provided in the Introduction (8-19). Th e theme of the presence of Y HWH is discussed by Nathan MacDonald in his “Aniconism in the Old Testament” (20-34). MacDonald looks for the rationale behind biblical anicon- ism. He argues that the classical explanations considering the nature of Y hwh , the idols, or Israel—to explain

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Published: Jan 1, 2008

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