God And Earthly Power Paperback

An Old Testament Political Theology

by J G McConville;

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God And Earthly Power

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The book considers the nature of human power in the light of belief in God. The bible, and especially the Old Testament, is relevant to the question, not least because perceptions about the use of power in relation to god are often derived correctly or incorrectly from the book is thus addressed into a world in which god's power is often invoked, from quite different quarters, in order to justify political and military action. The book considers the problem of the particularity of the Old Testament, both in general and in relation to New Testament universality.

The interpretation of the Old Testament focuses on Deuteronomy and the narrative in which it is set, because these are especially fruitful for political thinking. The thesis is argued for both exegetically and in relation actual use of the Old Testament in the history of political thought. An important argument of the book is that divine power, mediated through Torah, results in human freedom and a mandate for political responsibility. It is even the best guarantee of these. In this connection it is argued that in the biblical understanding of god there is not a link between monotheism and totalitarianism.

1. The Problem of God in Human Policy
2. The Old Testament in Biblical Theology and Ethics
3. Mediations of Power in the OT
4. An Old Testament Political Theology
5. OT Political Theology and Christian Political Thought
6. Conclusions

God And Earthly Power by J G McConville was published by Continuum in July 2008 and is our 29874th best seller. The ISBN for God And Earthly Power is 9780567045706.

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Details for God And Earthly Power

Author / Artist
Book Formatpaperback
PublisherContinuum (July 2008)
Number of Pages272
Thickness11 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code1152143
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