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The Ethos of the Cosmos: The Genesis of Moral Imagination in the Bible (review)

The Ethos of the Cosmos: The Genesis of Moral Imagination in the Bible (review) ume is too broad and polemical in its evangelical thrust to make it useful for a broad audience, though many of the articles deserve the attention of all teachers of the Hebrew Bible. Tammi J. Schneider Claremont Graduate University Claremont. CA 91711 tammi.schneider@cgu.edu THE ETHOS OF THE COSMOS: THE GENESIS OF MORAL IMAGINATION IN THE BIBLE. By William P. Brown. Pp xviii + 458. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1999. Paper, $35.00. In The Ethos 0/ the Cosmos, William Brown has given us a muchneeded study that analyzes how various creation accounts within the Hebrew Bible have shaped the morality or ethos of the people of the Bible. When he analyzes these creation accounts, he is more interested in showing how these stories are rife with moral significance and how they in tum have shaped the succeeding accounts than he is in the mythology behind them, the origins of the concepts, or in seeking a "unifonn doctrine of creation." Moreover, he is not seeking the historical roots of Israel's moral imagination but "the role of such imagination in the depiction of creation in the Bible" (p. xii). The book comprises an extensive introduction and conclusion, and five chapters, each http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Hebrew Studies National Association of Professors of Hebrew

The Ethos of the Cosmos: The Genesis of Moral Imagination in the Bible (review)

Hebrew Studies , Volume 41 (1) – Oct 5, 2000

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ume is too broad and polemical in its evangelical thrust to make it useful for a broad audience, though many of the articles deserve the attention of all teachers of the Hebrew Bible. Tammi J. Schneider Claremont Graduate University Claremont. CA 91711 tammi.schneider@cgu.edu THE ETHOS OF THE COSMOS: THE GENESIS OF MORAL IMAGINATION IN THE BIBLE. By William P. Brown. Pp xviii + 458. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1999. Paper, $35.00. In The Ethos 0/ the Cosmos, William Brown has given us a muchneeded study that analyzes how various creation accounts within the Hebrew Bible have shaped the morality or ethos of the people of the Bible. When he analyzes these creation accounts, he is more interested in showing how these stories are rife with moral significance and how they in tum have shaped the succeeding accounts than he is in the mythology behind them, the origins of the concepts, or in seeking a "unifonn doctrine of creation." Moreover, he is not seeking the historical roots of Israel's moral imagination but "the role of such imagination in the depiction of creation in the Bible" (p. xii). The book comprises an extensive introduction and conclusion, and five chapters, each

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Hebrew StudiesNational Association of Professors of Hebrew

Published: Oct 5, 2000

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