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Old Testament Theology:
Israel's Gospel (vol. 1)

John Goldingay (Paternoster, 2003)

Blurb Review by Dr. Benjamin A. Foreman


In this first volume of a proposed three-volume Old Testament theology, John Goldingay focuses on narrative. Examining the biblical order of God's creation of and interactions with the world and Israel, he tells the story of Israel's gospel as a series of divine acts:

Volume two will focus on Israel's faith, or Old Testament theology as belief. It will explore the person and nature of God, the nature of the world and humanity, the character of sin and the significance of Israel.

Volume three will focus on Israel's life, or Old Testament theology as ethos. It will explore its worship, spirituality, ideals and vision for living. Goldingay's Old Testament Theology is not only a scholarly contribution to the ongoing quest of understanding the theological dimensions of the First Testament. Preachers and teachers will prize it as a smart, informed and engaging companion as they read and re-present the First Testament story to postmodern pilgrims on the way. This is Old Testament theology that preaches.


1. Introduction: Old Testament Theology as Narrative 
2. God Began: Creation 
3. God Started Over: From Eden to Babel 
4. God Promised: Israel's Ancestors 
5. God Delivered: The Exodus 
6. God Sealed: Sinai 
7. God Gave: The Land 
8. God Accommodated: From Joshua to Solomon 
9. God Wrestled: From Solomon to the Exile 
10. God Preserved: Exile and Restoration 
11. God Sent: The Coming of Jesus 
Postscript: Old Testament Theology and History 

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