The Testing of God's Sons

The Testing of God's Sons

by Gregory S. Smith

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ISBN-13: 9781433683640
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/01/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Gregory S. Smith (Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is associate vice president for Academic Administration and assistant professor of Bible at the College at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a contributing author to Mounce’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words (Zondervan).

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations xi

Foreword Randy Weeaks xv

Preface xvii

Introduction 1

1 The Language of Testing 5

The Biblical Language of Testing 6

The Root &cgpA;&cgpX;&cgpJ; 6

The Root &cgpY;&cgpH;&cgpB; 9

The Root &cgpAA;&cgpD;&cgpU; 11

Conclusion 13

The Concept of Testing in the Ancient World 15

Testing by Examination 16

Testing by Verification 18

Testing by Lifting One's Head 21

Testing by Examining the Heart 23

Testing by Demonstrated Word 25

Testing by an Inferior 27

Testing by Refinement 28

Conclusion 29

2 Testing in the Joseph Narrative 31

Historical Investigation 31

Hermann Gunkel 32

Gerhard von Rad 33

Hans Walter Wolff 34

Claus Westermann 36

Walter Moberly 37

Testing and Fear at Moriah and Sinai 40

The Joseph Narrative and the Meaning of "the Fear of God" 43

Testing and Fear in the Joseph Narrative 49

The Meaning of Testing 49

Joseph's Testing in Egypt 50

The Climax of Testing 54

Joseph's Fear of God 59

Testing in Genesis 43-50 63

Joseph's Theological Contribution to Pentateuchal Testing 66

Conclusion 67

3 Testing as a Unified Pentateuchal Theological Theme 71

Testing that Authenticates Faith 71

The Testing of Abraham 72

The Testing of the Midwives 81

The Testing of Moses 82

The Testing of Israel at Sinai 83

Testing that Authenticates and Improves Faith 86

Prepatriarchal Testing 87

The Testing at Shur and Sin 89

The Testing at Massah 90

Testing in the Wilderness 91

Testing in Deuteronomy 93

Conclusion 99

4 The Testing of God's Sons 101

The Testing of God's Sons: Adam 102

Excursus: The Testing of Job 108

The Testing of God's Sons: Patriarchs 115

The Testing of God's Sons: Israel 118

Testing Assessed at Moab 121

Testing and Conquest 123

Testing and the Monarchy 127

Testing and the Divided Kingdom 130

The Testing of God's Sons: Jesus 145

The Testing of God's Sons: The Church 147

Conclusion 155

5 Conclusion 159

Appendix A Testing as "Touchstone" 163

Appendix B Covenant Good as Functional Good 175

Bibliography 185

Name Index 209

Subject Index 212

Scripture Index 214

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