Including the stranger : foreigners in the former prophets / David G. Firth.

By: Firth, David G [author.]
Material type: TextTextSeries: New studies in biblical theology (InterVarsity Press): 50.Publisher: Downers Grove, Illinois : Apollos, IVP Academic, an imprint of InterVarsity Press, 2019Copyright date: ©2019Description: xiv, 218 pages ; 22 cmContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781783595075; 1783595078; 0830829199; 9780830829194Subject(s): Bible. Former Prophets -- Criticism, interpretation, etc | Strangers in the Bible | Identification (Religion) | Jews -- Identity | Identity (Psychology) -- Biblical teachingAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Including the strangerDDC classification: 222/.0830590691 LOC classification: BS1286.5 | .F57 2019
Contents:
Concerning foreigners and the Former Prophets -- The book of Joshua: the identity of the people of God -- The book of Judges: the people through whom Yahweh works -- The book of Samuel: foreigners as the means of assessing Israel -- The books of Kings: foreigners beyond the borders of Israel -- Foreigners and the people of God.
Summary: "The Old Testament, particularly the Former Prophets, has been regarded as having a negative attitude towards foreigners. In this NSBT volume, David Firth argues that the Former Prophets subvert the exclusivist approach in order to show that the people of God are not defined by ethnicity but rather by their willingness to commit themselves to the purposes of Yahweh"--
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Concerning foreigners and the Former Prophets -- The book of Joshua: the identity of the people of God -- The book of Judges: the people through whom Yahweh works -- The book of Samuel: foreigners as the means of assessing Israel -- The books of Kings: foreigners beyond the borders of Israel -- Foreigners and the people of God.

"The Old Testament, particularly the Former Prophets, has been regarded as having a negative attitude towards foreigners. In this NSBT volume, David Firth argues that the Former Prophets subvert the exclusivist approach in order to show that the people of God are not defined by ethnicity but rather by their willingness to commit themselves to the purposes of Yahweh"--

Comment by Tonya M.
06/24/2020

In Psalm 137:4, the cry of the stranger is thusly stated, "How can we sing the songs of the Lord while in a foreign land?" The book of the week for 6/24/20 is, "Including the Stranger: Foreigners in the Former Prophets by David G. Firth." Firth, an Old Testament scholar at Trinity College in Bristol Uk and research fellow of the University of the Free State, South Africa, speaks to aspects of belonging and the desire to be grafted into a community even when that community is wary of the aspect of the "other." Firth gives a very scholarly and passionate discourse about critiques on Old Testament socialism and theological predilections. David Firth states, "It could be said that one of the virtues of reading as a foreigner is that I see things that the dominant culture might not see, or perhaps ask questions that might not otherwise be posed, while conversely others can make me more aware of biblical themes that I might otherwise miss." This book addresses the blindspots within canonical framework.

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