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Dominion and Dynasty:
A Theology of the Hebrew Bible (NSBT)

Stephen G. Dempster (IVP, 2003)

Blurb Review by Hetty Lalleman

Blurb

Christian theologians rarely study the Old Testament in its final Hebrew canonical form, even though this was very likely the Bible used by Jesus and the early church. However, once read as a whole, the larger structure of the Hebrew Bible (Tanakh) provides a 'wide-angle lens' through which its contents can be viewed. In this stimulating exposition, Stephen Dempster argues that, despite its undoubted literary diversity, the Hebrew Bible possesses a remarkable structural and conceptual unity. The various genres and books are placed within a comprehensive narrative framework which provides an overarching literary and historical context. The many texts contribute to this larger text, and find their meaning and significance within its story of 'dominion and dynasty', which ranges from Adam to the Son of Man to David, and to a coming Davidic king. Highly recommended. Readers can find a summarised form of Dempster's argument in the volume edited by Scott Hafemann Biblical Theology: Retrospect and Prospect.

Contents

INTRODUCTION

1. A book or a ragbag: a literary approach to Old Testament theology
2. The beginning, middle and ending of the Tanakh: a preview of the storyline (Adam to David)

I. DOMINION LOST: THE RISE AND FALL OF ISRAEL

3. The narrative storyline begins (Genesis)
4. The narrative storyline continues (Exodus to Deuteronomy)
5. The narrative storyline continues: the Former Prophets (Joshua to Kings)

II. RETROSPECT AND PROSPECT: A STUMP AND A SHOOT

6. Suspension of the storyline - poetic commentary begins: the Latter Prophets (Jeremiah to the Twelve)
7. Poetic commentary continues: the Writings (Ruth to Lamentations)

III. DOMINION REGAINED: THE FALL AND RISE OF ISRAEL

8. Ending of poetic commentary and resumption of narrative storyline (Daniel to Chronicles)

CONCLUSION

9. Typology and New Testament reflections

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