A Theology of the Old Testament: Cultural Memory, Communication, and Being Human

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  • Copyright: 2010-04-01
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¿The remarkable thing about the Old Testament is the persistence of its visions of a better humanity and a better world.¿ Rather than seek to establish ¿what people may or may not once have believed in ancient Israel,¿ John W. Rogerson addresses ¿the human condition in today¿s world,¿ asking what interpreters are doing today when they invoke the biblical texts. He draws on the insights of modern thinkers, including Benjamin and Bloch, Adorno and Horkheimer, Assmann and Habermas, to explore the dynamics of cultural memory in human communication. In the texts of ancient Israel, Rogerson distinguishes ¿hot¿ cultural situations, alive to the remarkable potential of narratives that describe unfulfilled human aspirations to open up horizons of change, from ¿cold¿ cultural situations, where those potentialities are closed down to reinforce the institutional structures of the status quo. Moving throughout narrative, legal, wisdom, and prophetic corpora and offering fresh and compelling insights at every step, A Theology of the Old Testament draws out powerful visions of human nature and of the world¿s future. Throughout Rogerson poses the challenge: Do these visions require a theological basis to be compelling in today¿s world, or can they speak as powerfully beyond the confines of religious belief?

Author Biography

John W. Rogerson is Professor of Biblical Studies Emeritus, University of Sheffield, and a Canon Emeritus of Sheffield Cathedral. His main books include Myth in Old Testament Interpretation (1974), Old Testament Criticism in the Nineteenth Century: England and Germany (1984), W. M. L. de Wette, Founder of Modern Biblical Criticism: An Intellectual Biography (1992), and An Introduction to the Bible (1999, 2nd edition 2005). He also edited The Oxford Illustrated History of the Bible (2001) and with Judith M. Lieu The Oxford Handbook of Biblical Studies (2006).

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vi
Abbreviationsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
History and Cultural Memoryp. 13
Creation Accounts as Critiques of the World of Human Experience and Human Actionsp. 42
Aspects of Communication: Interpersonal Relationshipsp. 64
Disrupted Communication: Social Relationshipsp. 92
Disrupted Communication: Divine-Human Relationshipsp. 137
What Does It Mean to Be Human?p. 171
Bibliographyp. 196
Index of References to the Bible and Ancient Jewish Textsp. 208
Index of Namesp. 210
Index of Subjectsp. 213
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