Prayer In The Hebrew Bible

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Editorial Reviews

Walter Harrelson
...[A] thorough, theologically sophisticated, religiously sensitive, and prophetically trenchant evaluation of prayer in the entire Hebrew Bible....This is a book for the religious community as much as for the community of scholars. I know no one better able to help bring the two communities together than Samuel E. Balentine....Perhaps we can expect an extension of the study at a later time. But for now, what a scholarly and religiously weighty work this is!
Society of Biblical Literature
Walter Harrelson
...[A] thorough, theologically sophisticated, religiously sensitive, and prophetically trenchant evaluation of prayer in the entire Hebrew Bible....This is a book for the religious community as much as for the community of scholars. I know no one better able to help bring the two communities together than Samuel E. Balentine....Perhaps we can expect an extension of the study at a later time. But for now, what a scholarly and religiously weighty work this is!
Society of Biblical Literature
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800626150
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/1/1993
  • Series: Overtures to Biblical Theology Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

Editor's Foreword
Preface
Abbreviations
1 The Subject and the Interpreter 1
The Context of the Church 3
The Context of the Academy 6
2 The Method 13
Previous Studies: Comparative Religion and Form Criticism 13
The Present Approach: Literary and Theological Functions 18
3 In the Beginning God 33
God's Relatedness to Humanity 34
God's Relatedness to the World 38
4 Prayer and the Depiction of Character 48
Prayer as a Means of Confirming Status 50
Prayer as a Means of Caricature 64
The Temple as a House of Prayer 80
5 Prayer and the Characterization of God 89
Prayers for Divine Intervention 91
Prayers of Penitence 103
6 Prayers for Divine Justice 118
Three Basic Features 120
Examples of Prayers for Justice 123
Prayer as a Vehicle of Theodicy 139
7 The Lament Tradition: Holding to God against God 146
Jeremiah's Confessions 150
Job 168
Habakkuk 183
Perspectives on Theodicy in the Hebrew Bible 189
8 Praise That Makes Sense 199
The Baruk Sentences 203
Extended Hymnic Pieces in Narrative Contexts 213
9 Prayer in the Theology of the Hebrew Bible 225
The Neglect of the Subject "Prayer" in the Theology of the Hebrew Bible 225
Retrospect and Prospect: The Need for a Study of the Study 246
10 The Theology in Hebraic Prayer 260
The Divine-Human Relationship Is Fundamentally Dialogical 261
Prayer's Portrait of God 264
Prayer's Portrait of Humanity 267
Prayer as a Constitutive Act of Faith 268
11 House of Prayer or Den of Robbers?
A Summons to the Church 272
Keeping The Community in God 273
Keeping God in the Community 284
Index of Modern Authors 297
Index of Scripture References 302
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