Chosen and Unchosen: Conceptions of Election in the Pentateuch and Jewish-Christian Interpretation

Chosen and Unchosen: Conceptions of Election in the Pentateuch and Jewish-Christian Interpretation

by Joel N. Lohr

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781575061719
Publisher: Penn State University Press
Publication date: 06/30/2009
Series: Siphrut Series: Literature and Theology of the Hebrew Scriptures
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface: Election and Nonelection: Why Bother?

Acknowledgments

Abbreviations

Part 1: Election in Jewish and Christian Interpretation

Chapter 1. Introducing Election and Nonelection: Christian Interpretation

Theological Dictionaries

Monographs

Old Testament (and Biblical) Theologies

Summary

Chapter 2. Jewish Election Theologies: Exclusion and Disgrace?

Joel S. Kaminsky

David Novak

Michael Wyschogrod

Jon D. Levenson

Conclusion: Jewish Interpretation and the Way Forward

Part 2: Election and Nonelection in the Pentateuch: Test Cases

Chapter 3. Blessing or Curse? Abraham, Election, and the Nations:The Story of King Abimelech

Wives, Sisters, a Righteous Nation, and a God-Fearing King

Conclusion

Chapter 4. An Unchosen Figure Who Saves a People (Exodus 2:1-10)

A Numerous and Special People, a People Promised Land

The Birth, the Hiding, and the Finding

Naming, Ownership, and Adoption

Summary and Conclusion

Chapter 5. Numbers: Balaam and Yhwh’s Irrevocable Love for Israel

Numbers and the Book of Balaam

The Text: Numbers 22-24

Conclusion

Chapter 6. Israel and the Nations in Deuteronomy

Deuteronomy 4: Allotted to Whom and Why?

Deuteronomy 7: Herem and Election?

Deuteronomy 10:12-22

Conclusion

Chapter 7. Chosen and Unchosen: Can Good Come from a God Who Favors?

Putting It Together

Can Good Come from a God Who Favors?

Appendix 1. The Tendency to View Balaam as Sinner

Appendix 2. Herem in the Old Testament: An Overview

Herem as Sacrifice?

Preliminary Observations

Herem as a Divine Command?

Contemporary versus Ancient Sensibilities

A God Who Gets His Hands Dirty?

The Smoking Gun (or Bloody Sword): The Herem Never Happened

Perhaps Judgment?

Conclusion

Bibliography

Indexes

Index of Authors

Index of Scripture

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