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Themes in Old Testament Theology

Themes in Old Testament Theology

by William A. DyrnessWilliam A. Dyrness
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Studying the New Testament without a background in the Old is like listening to only the last movement of a great symphony. Unless we begin at the beginning, we miss the sense of developing themes and their subtle variations. To fully appreciate the music of the Bible, we need to listen to its early movements.

William Dyrness helps us by providing a set of program notes to important Old Testament themes: the self-revelation of God, the nature of God, creation and providence, man and woman, sin, covenant, law, worship, piety, ethics, wisdom, the Spirit of God, prophecy and the hope of Israel. By attuning our ears to these themes, Dyrness sets us on a course of enriching study and increased understanding.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780877847267
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 02/01/1980
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 252
Sales rank: 694,262
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.73(d)

About the Author

William A. Dyrness (DTheol, University of Strasbourg; Doctorandus, Free University) is professor of theology and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the author of many books, including Modern Art and the Life of a Culture (with Jonathan Anderson), Senses of the Soul: Art and the Visual in Christian Worship, Reformed Theology and Visual Culture, Changing the Mind of Missions (with James Engel), Theology Without Borders (with Oscar Garcia-Johnson), and was a general editor of the Global Dictionary of Theology.

Table of Contents

1. The Self-Revelation of God

Self-Revelation: Basis of OT Revelation

Major Instances of God?s Self-Revelation


2. The Nature of God

Media of revelation

The Nature of God

The Character and Activity of God

3. Creation and Providence


Myth and History in the OT

Providence: God?s Continuing Relationship to Creation

4. Man and Woman

The Creation of Man and Woman

The Nature of Humankind


5. Sin

The Origin of Sin: The Fall

The Vocabulary and Definition of Sin

The Character of Sin in the OT

The Results of Sin

6. The Covenant

Background of the Covenant Ideas

Development of the OT Covenant

Theological Implications of the Covenant

7. The Law

Background and Development of the Concept

The Law in the Community

The Character of the Law

8. Worship

The Need for Form

Sacred Places

Sacred Times

Sacred Actions

The Theology of the Cult

9. Piety

Theological Character of Piety

Characteristic Expressions of Piety

10. Ethics

The Basis of OT Ethics

Development of the Principles of OT Ethics

The Teaching of the Prophets

11. Wisdom

The Development of the Idea of Wisdom

The Theological Character of Wisdom

The Future of Wisdom

12. The Spirit of God

Vocabulary and Basic Meaning

Theological Development

13. Prophecy

The Origin of OT Prophecy

The Classical Prophets

14. The Hope of Israel

The Vision of the Kingdom

Death and the Afterlife

Basic Bibliography of Old Testament Theology

Scripture Index

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