David Hume wrote that “Epicurus’s old questions are yet unanswered. Niche Audience That the laws of the OT are consistent and coherent is regarded as a truism by many biblical scholars, including Gane. Every book is written to persuade, but Gane’s book is without question an advocacy piece rather than a descriptive piece.But others consider this assumption little more than a comforting myth. Is the relationship between OT and NT one of stark contrast or affinity? His argument is thus: the OT laws are (therefore) OT laws are good. Gane’s audience (including perhaps some doctrinal apparatchiks) already believes this, so he finds it unnecessary to examine his premises.Two questions drive these essays as they address the topic of reading the Old Testament theologically.
Just blame it on the victim — humans compelled God to accommodate human weakness.
Misplaced Certitude Gane acknowledges that there are apparent “discrepancies between laws” — and he explains this by saying that God “can maintain justice through variable circumstances by giving somewhat different laws to different people for different situations.
On the other hand, there are folks who prioritize an Old Testament passage's original context to such an extent that it is by no means clear if and how a given Old Testament text might bear witness to Christ and address the church. Van Gemeren, an ecclesial scholar who operated amidst the tension between understanding texts in their original context and their theological witness to Christ and the church.
The contributors in this volume share a conviction that Christians must read the Old Testament with a theological concern for how it bears witness to Christ and nourishes the church, while not undermining the basic principles of exegesis.
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The New Testament Monographs series offers fresh and attractive studies, many of them with a special emphasis on the world of the New Testament and with new research into the original texts.Cross-Fertilization Gane writes that OT laws are God. Whether our morals or our laws came first is akin to the chicken-and-egg dilemma. It is for a niche audience, is conventional in its conclusions, and is a model of misplaced certitude.Problem of Pain Theodicy seeks to explain divine goodness and providence in light of the existence of evil. I still find it instructive and worthwhile reading.With human laws, one can admit without apology that a prior law was wrong and that it is now overruled. Troubling to moderns is YHWH’s fondness for the death penalty — often by burning or stoning.Even lesser punishments meted out by God are barbaric: having one’s hand cut off, being beaten with rods, and debt servitude (slavery).Then several essays wrestle with how topics from select Old Testament books can be read theologically.Finally, it concludes by addressing several communal matters that arise when reading the Old Testament theologically.The editor of the series is Stanley Porter, President and Dean, and Professor of New Testament, at Mc Master Divinity College, Hamilton, Ontario. ” Proceeding from the premise that a purpose of Old Testament (OT) law includes revealing God’s characterand creating a model society as a guiding light to the nations, Roy Gane writes 410 pages and answers in the affirmative.Ten Commandments as Enduring Amongst the materials kept are the Ten Commandments, which are unchangingly authoritative. We have two presuppositions: 1) OT law is from God and 2) God is of good character.Per Gane, the first four deal with our relationship with God, the remaining six our relationship with one another. But then the unavoidable question: Whence (from what place or source) come the immoral laws in the OT?