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The topic of the election of Israel is one of the most controversial and difficult subjects in the entire Bible. Modern readers wonder why God would favor one specific people and why Israel in particular was chosen. One of the most important and theologically incisive voices on this topic has been that of Jon D. Levenson. His careful, wide-ranging scholarship on the Hebrew Bible and its theological reuse in later Judaic and Christian sources has influenced a generation of Jewish and Christian thinkers. This focused volume seeks to bring to a wide audience the ongoing rich theological dialogue on the election of Israel. Writing from a variety of disciplines and perspectives, the authors—Jews, Catholics, and Protestants—contribute thought-provoking essays spanning fields including the Hebrew Bible, apocryphal and pseudepigraphic literature, New Testament, rabbinics, the history of Christian exegesis, and modern theology. The resulting book not only engages the lifelong work of Jon D. Levenson but also sheds new light on a topic of great import to Judaism and Christianity and to the ongoing dialogue between these faith traditions.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. C-C
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. ix-xvi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. Part I: The Hebrew Bible
  2. pp. 5-6
  1. Chapter 1: Election in Genesis 1
  2. Richard J. Clifford, S.J.
  3. pp. 7-22
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  1. Chapter 2: Abraham’s Election in Faith
  2. W. Randall Garr
  3. pp. 23-43
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  1. Chapter 3: Can Election Be Forfeited?
  2. Joel S. Kaminsky
  3. pp. 44-66
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  1. Chapter 4: Election and the Transformation of Ḥērem
  2. R. W. L. Moberly
  3. pp. 67-89
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  1. Chapter 5: Job as Prototype of Dying and Rising Israel
  2. Kathryn Schifferdecker
  3. pp. 90-112
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  1. Part II: Reception of the Hebrew Bible
  2. pp. 113-114
  1. Chapter 6: Does Tobit Fear God for Nought?
  2. Gary A. Anderson
  3. pp. 115-143
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  1. Chapter 7: Divine Sovereignty and the Election of Israel in the Wisdom of Ben Sira
  2. Greg Schmidt Goering
  3. pp. 144-169
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  1. Chapter 8: The Chosenness of Israel in the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha
  2. Matthias Henze
  3. pp. 170-198
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  1. Chapter 9: “A House of Prayer for All Peoples” (Isaiah 56:7) in Rabbinic Thought
  2. Marc Hirshman
  3. pp. 199-209
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  1. Chapter 10: The Descent of the Wicked Angels and the Persistence of Evil
  2. James Kugel
  3. pp. 210-235
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  1. Chapter 11: The Election of Israel Imperilled
  2. Kevin Madigan
  3. pp. 236-255
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  1. Chapter 12: The Salvation of Israel in Romans 9–11
  2. Mark Reasoner
  3. pp. 256-279
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  1. Chapter 13: Populus Dei
  2. Brooks Schramm
  3. pp. 280-306
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  1. Part III: Theological Essays
  2. pp. 307-308
  1. Chapter 14: Election and Affection
  2. Leora Batnitzky
  3. pp. 309-329
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  1. Chapter 15: Christ and Israel
  2. Bruce D. Marshall
  3. pp. 330-350
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  1. Publications by Jon D. Levenson
  2. pp. 351-356
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  1. Doctoral Dissertations Supervised by Jon D. Levenson
  2. pp. 357-358
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 359-360
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  1. Index of Sources
  2. pp. 361-387
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  1. Index of Modern Authors
  2. pp. 388-391
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780268074760
Related ISBN
9780268020439
MARC Record
OCLC
870684364
Pages
368
Launched on MUSE
2014-02-18
Language
English
Open Access
No
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