Getting Involved with God: Rediscovering the Old Testament [NOOK Book]


This is a book about getting, and staying, involved with God—what it takes, what it costs, what it looks and feels like, and why anyone would want to do it anyway.
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Getting Involved with God: Rediscovering the Old Testament

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This is a book about getting, and staying, involved with God—what it takes, what it costs, what it looks and feels like, and why anyone would want to do it anyway.
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Editorial Reviews

Walter Brueggemann
Ellen Davis continues the core task of biblical exposition for the sake of the church. . . . Through it all Ellen Davis utilizes her considerable gifts of sensitivity to the text, attentiveness to the spirit at work in the text, and care for the church that it may grow closer to the God given in the text. Of special interest to me was her fresh reading of the Song of Solomon, which offers ‘the ecstatic aspect of the love that is the main subject of the whole Bible.’ Readers will dip in at any point in this book and be invited to thinking and praying again and obeying differently and freely.
Fleming Rutledge
Ellen Davis’ work in this dazzling book can be compared to that of an exceptional rock climber putting up new routes on the world’s most challenging walls. Combining ease with skill and nerve with artistry, she tackles some of the most difficult portions of the Old Testament. Professor Davis is working on the razor’s edge of current hermeneutical practice, but she knows exactly how to speak to the ordinary Christian in a sparkling prose style. If you want to be up to date on the very latest developments in postmodern biblical interpretation and at the same time be thrilled and delighted with rich insights into the life of faith, this is the book to have right now.
Brevard S. Childs
Ellen Davis has recovered a long-lost theological genre: brilliant, probing, scholarly interpretation of the Bible that flows into proclamation and challenges us to return to the text itself in a continuing engagement with the God who shares our pain.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561013364
  • Publisher: Cowley Publications
  • Publication date: 1/25/2001
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 222
  • Sales rank: 751,889
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

ELLEN F. DAVIS is Associate Professor of Bible and Practical Theology at Duke Divinity School. She has previously taught at Union Seminary, Yale Divinity School, and the Virginia Theological Seminary. Her other books include a theological commentary on Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Songs, and Imagination Shaped: Old Testament Preaching in the Anglican Tradition.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
I. Pain and Praise: The Psalms as Common Prayer
1. Improving Our Aim Praying the Psalms 7
2. "With My Tears I Melt My Mattress" The Psalms of Lament 14
3. But Surely Not Those! The Cursing Psalms 23
4. "Lamenting into Dancing" The Psalms of Praise 30
II. The Cost of Love
5. "I've Got to Turn Aside" The Burning Bush 45
6. "Take Your Son" The Binding of Isaac 50
7. "The One Whom My Soul Loves" The Song of Songs 65
III. The Art of Living Well
8. Wise Ignorance The Book of Proverbs 91
9. Simple Gifts The Book of Ecclesiastes 104
10. The Sufferer's Wisdom The Book of Job 121
IV. Habits of the Heart
11. Desirable Discipline Proverbs 8 147
12. A Fool for Love Exodus 33 153
13. "Like Grass I'm Dried Up" Psalm 102 160
14. Voluntary Heartbreak Psalm 51 168
15. Serving in the Shadows Isaiah 49 176
V. Torah of the Earth
16. "Good-Faith Springs Up from the Earth": Learning Ecology From the Bible 185
17. Greed and Prophecy Numbers 11 202
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