Biblical Perspectives on Aging: God and the Elderly, Second Edition

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  • Copyright: 2008-02-14
  • Publisher: Routledge
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As the population of older Americans grows, meaningful perspectives on aging are needed by both the young and the old. Biblical Perspectives on Aging: God and the Elderly takes a detailed look at the views of aging presented in the Old and New Testaments. This wide-ranging and insightful survey encompasses not only the entire Bible but also interpretations of sacred Middle Eastern and Judaic documents. This new expanded edition of the original classic text adds thorough discussions of the wisdom of the Bible and Jewish literature with ways to interpret these readings and what they teach about spirituality and growing older. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

Foreword to the First Editionp. xi
Preface to the First Editionp. xv
Introduction to the First Editionp. 1
The Nature of God and Aging Issuesp. 3
The Bible and Aging Issues: A Cross-Disciplinary Approachp. 6
Biblical Theology and Aging Issuesp. 8
Introductionp. 11
Hermeneutics, Aging, and the Biblep. 12
Models for Utilizing the Old-Age Paradigmp. 15
Respect and Disrespect Contrastedp. 25
Spirituality and Aging in the Biblep. 28
Methods for Discovering Biblical Spiritualityp. 30
Biblical Narratives As Spirituality Case Studiesp. 32
Cross-Generational Relationships and Mentoringp. 39
Aging Experiences and the Biblep. 53
Physical Characteristics of Old Agep. 53
Chronological Age and Old Agep. 54
Transitions of Life and Old Agep. 55
Physical Loss and Old Agep. 56
Conclusionp. 58
Attitudes Toward the Elderly in the Ancient Near Eastp. 59
Mesopotamia: Respect Reinforces Authorityp. 60
Egypt: The Value of Aging Reinforces Respectp. 63
Canaan: Shifts in Values Undermine Respectp. 66
Conclusionp. 69
God and the Elderly in Israelp. 71
Legal Traditions, the Elderly, and Social Structuresp. 71
Prophetic Communities and Support for Social Structuresp. 74
Wisdom Literature, the Elderly, and Social Structuresp. 76
Conclusionp. 80
Threats to the Common Theology of Agingp. 83
Aging Stereotypes and the Aging Processp. 84
Monarchy and Declining Leadership of the Elderlyp. 91
Postexilic Pessimism, Death, and Agingp. 96
Conclusionp. 98
Israel's Variations on the Common Theologyp. 101
Care for the Elderly and the God of Justicep. 102
Care for the Elderly and Honoring Parentsp. 105
Unconditional Mandate for Honoring Parents and Eldersp. 109
Eschatology and Respect for the Agingp. 115
Creation, Eschatology, and Agingp. 119
Conclusionp. 119
Two Responses to Respect for the Elderly: Early Christianity and Judaismp. 121
Early Christianity and Filial Obediencep. 121
Response of Early Judaism to Common Aging Valuesp. 141
Biblical Theology and a Modern Responsep. 149
Biblical Theology and Stereotypesp. 149
Biblical Theology Affirms Social Supportp. 152
Biblical Theology Challenges the Elderly to Growp. 157
Conclusionp. 159
Notesp. 161
Scripture Indexp. 183
Indexp. 193
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