By Bernhard W. Anderson
During this masterwork, certainly one of America's major biblical students takes a clean examine the theology of the outdated testomony. Anderson cuts his personal course and gives us with artistic new insights on the entire significant sections of the previous testomony. He illuminates the nuances of some of the covenants and theological shifts in a hugely readable sort. His dialog companions contain the formative participants from either the Christian group (Eichrodt, von Rad, Childs) and the Jewish neighborhood (Heschel, Herberg, Levenson) whereas interacting with the newest advancements within the box, specifically Walter Brueggemann's Theology of the previous testomony.
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Our interest is theological; \X"hat does it me an for Cod to ha ve a personal name) IiK Namr it: RrlatiOl'5h i~ Start at t he level of ordinary human relationships. "' That is the question Juliet asks in Shakespeare's tragedy, ROrllro and JU/I/I (Acl 2, Sce ne 2 ), uWhat's in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet'« The answer, of course, is that everything is in a name, the name signifies personhood, ide m ity. 'The name is the soul [selfl: observed Jo ha nn es Pedersen . , a Social Security num ber).
Rinen in the da~'s of the- biblical theology movemem. J He describes himself as a refugee from Ihe biblical t heo logy movemen t .... ith its (Xce-ss;ve emphasi~ on God's act ivily in hislOry. He believes that onc can prescrve the concerns expressed in "God's mighty acts in h istory" by movi ng from hislory to story. o "sovernins concepts" of this paradigm arc ~characteri ziltion· and "dramatic action: By characterization I mean the representation of personages in such a way Ihat they en ll~ge ~n Judience's imagination, in <'i~nce causing us 10 entcrlain their exiSlence 1.
Also, we have secn that the distinctive testimony of the Torah is the sclfdisclo5Ure of the: H oly One in the concrete historical experience o f a people, Israel • and that this revelation occurs in the context of the religions of the anciem world. Israel's knowl edge of God, unde r the personal name Y~hweh, was given within the general human experienu of the holy. According to the tradition, Yahweh is not a differen t god from the Cod of "ncestr,,1 and prime\'al times. but the same God who is hencefonh known and served in a different way in the Israelite cult (h od.