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The Old Testament Is Dying: A Diagnosis and Recommended Treatment
Strawn, Brent A.

Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2017 pp. xxvi + 310. $29.99

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Theological Explorations for the Church Catholic

Description: The Old Testament makes up the majority of the Christian Bible and provides much of the language of Christian faith. However, many churches tend to neglect this crucial part of Scripture, leading to the loss of the Old Testament as a resource for faith and life. This timely book shows how the Old Testament is like a language--a language is used and learned or it falls into disuse and eventually dies. Brent Strawn details a number of ways the Old Testament is showing signs of decay, demise, and imminent death in the church and criticizes common misunderstandings of the Old Testament that contribute to its neglect. He also shows that it is possible for a language to be recovered. Drawing fresh insight from recent studies of how languages die and are revived, Strawn offers strategies for renewing the use of the Old Testament in Christian faith and practice. This clearly written book will appeal to professors and students of the Old Testament as well as pastors and church leaders.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Literature

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Review by Benjamin D. Sommer
Published 2/22/2018
Citation: Benjamin D. Sommer, review of Brent A. Strawn, The Old Testament Is Dying: A Diagnosis and Recommended Treatment, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2018).

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