Making Wise the Simple The Torah in Christian Faith and Practice

ISBN-10: 0802809901

ISBN-13: 9780802809902

Edition: 2005

Authors: Johanna W. H. Van Wijk-Bos

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"Making Wise the Simple" addresses the need for a Christian appropriation of the first five books of the Bible, the Torah, as crucial for its perception of God and self, and for its life with the neighbor, especially the Jewish neighbor.
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List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Publication date: 9/14/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 353
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.10" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

Johanna W. H. van Wijk-Bos is Dora Pierce Professor of Bible and Professor of Old Testament at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Her publications include Reformed and Feminist and Reimagining God, both published by WJK.

The Torah in Bible and Tradition
Introduction: Torah in a Covenant Context
The Torah in Judaism and Christianity
What Is the Torah?
"God Made Flesh" - Jewish Views of the Torah
A Lack of Intimacy - Christian Understandings of the Torah
The Bible and the Torah
A Treasure above All Peoples (Exodus 19:3-6)
God's Own People (1 Peter 2:9-10)
A Conversation between Texts
A Way into Torah: The "Stranger in Your Gates"
The Identity of the Stranger
To Know the Heart of the Stranger (Exodus 23:9)
Conclusion: Torah in a Covenant Context
The World of the Torah
Introduction: The People of the Tale
The World of the Tale
Family, Field, and Town
Piety, Practices, and Prescriptions
Worship of the One
Places of Worship
Holy Days and Festivals
Worlds Apart
The Tale in Historical Context
The Writers of the Tale
The Truth of the Tale
The Boundaries of Truth
A Conversation between the Testaments
A Tale of One City (Genesis 11:1-9)
"Its Name Is Called Babel"
For the Benefit of the Earth
Conclusion: The Tale and Its World
The Story of the Torah: The Making of a World (Genesis 1:1-11:32)
Introduction: A Prelude to a Theme
Motifs of the Theme
The Making of the World
The Marring of the World
World's Mending
A Penchant for What Is Weak
Approaches to God
The Families of the World
Adam's Descendants (Genesis 4:17-5:32)
From Noah to Joktan (Genesis 10:1-32)
From Shem to Abram (Genesis 11:10-32)
A Tale of a Garden (Genesis 2:4b-3:24)
Of Field, Stream, and Human (Genesis 2:4b-14)
A Fit Counterpart (Genesis 2:15-25)
The Snake and the Tree (Genesis 3:1-5)
With Both Eyes Open (Genesis 3:6-13)
Now, Look What You've Done (Genesis 3:14-24)
What the Story Is All About
Type and Countertype (Romans 5:18-19)
In Full Submission (1 Timothy 2:11-15)
Ways of Reading
Conclusion: The Prelude and the Bible
The Story of the Torah: The Making of a People (Genesis 12:1-Deuteronomy 34:12)
Introduction: A People of God's Pasture
Wandering Arameans My Ancestors (Genesis 12:1-50:26)
A Family of Strangers
The Presence of the Other (Genesis 16 and 38)
Genesis 16
Genesis 38
Whose Memories Are These?
And, There, Became a People (Exodus 1:1-24:18)
Getting Out and Getting On (Exodus 1:1-18:27)
The Exodus in History
Covenant (Exodus 19-24)
The Announcement of the Covenant (Exodus 19:3-6)
The Ten Words of the Covenant (Exodus 20:1-17)
The Execution of the Covenant (Exodus 24:3-8)
Historical Context of the Covenant Texts
"And Brought Us to This Place" (Numbers 11:1-15; Deuteronomy 34:5-6)
In the Wilderness
The Cucumbers and Melons of Egypt (Numbers 11:1-15)
The End of the Story (Deuteronomy 34:5-6)
Instructions for the Covenant Life
The Book of the Covenant: Organization and Content of Exodus 20:22-23:19
The Ones Who Cry to God (Exodus 22:21-27)
The Heart of the Stranger (Exodus 23:1-9)
The Life of Holiness (Leviticus 19)
The Surplus of the Harvest
Love for the Neighbor
Love for the Stranger
Priestly Regulation in Historical Context
The Company of Strangers: Deuteronomy
The Identity of the Stranger
Instructions for Life with God
A Place of Meeting (Exodus 25:1-31:11; 35:1-40:38)
This Is Your God, O Israel (Exodus 32-34)
A Way of Meeting (Leviticus)
The Acceptable Sacrifice
Purity and Impurity
Reprehensible Fluidity: Menstruation
Intimate Relations
Holy Days: Atonement
Conclusion: A Holy Nation
Living with the Torah
Introduction: God and People in Covenant
God in the Torah
A God Who Regrets
A God Who Appears
A God Who Accompanies
A God Who Is Prejudiced
A God Who Is Passionate
Christ and Torah
Jesus and the Torah
The Teachings of Jesus
The Good Samaritan
The Frame
The Story
How Do We Read?
Paul and the Torah
Torah and Nomos
The Teachings of Paul
The Law of Love (Romans 12:9-13; 13:8-10; Galatians 5:1, 13-14)
Gender Relations (1 Corinthians 7:17; 11:1-16; 14:33-36; Romans 1:26-27)
Post-Pauline Codification of Gender Relations
The Gospel of God
How Then Shall We Live?
Galatians 3:26-29
Conclusion: How Do We Read?
Index of Names and Subjects
Index of Biblical References
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