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
Journal of Reformed Theology – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2008
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