Exploring the Evolving View of God: From Ancient Israel to the Risen Jesus

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Rowman & Littlefield, 1999 - 292 pages
John Michael Perry considers how God was experienced in the Old and New Testaments. In the context of the Ancient Near East, Exploring the Evolving View of God chronicles Israel's development to monotheism, as well as the apostles' evolving understanding of Jesus as the fulfillment of Hebrew prophecy. Exploring the Evolving View of God outlines cultural and historical limitations that continue to shape our language and ideas about God. It relates abstract thinking about God to the concrete history of ancient Israel and draws parallels between Israel's history and the New Testament confession of Jesus as Messiah. With Scripture passages, discussion questions and written in an accessible style, Exploring the Evolving View of God is a suitable companion for individual or group study.
 

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Contents

A Brief Overview of Efforts to Visualize the Sacred
xi
The Origin of the Twelve Tribes and their Henotheism
21
Israels Henotheistic Faith during the First Half of the Monarchy
61
Israels Henotheistic Faith during the Last Half of the Monarchy
89
Israels Discovery of Monotheism during the Exile
119
The Evolution of Philosophical Monotheism
145
Prophetic Universalism Versus PostExilic Legalism
179
Israels Discovery of Eschatological Hope
197
The Risen Jesus as Gods Endorsement of Israels Eschatological Hope
217
Remaining Questions
253
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About the author (1999)

John Michael Perry received his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Marquette University in 1972. He presently teaches contemporary biblical criticism at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He also enjoys conducting Scripture classes for parishes in the Milwaukee area.

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