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Telling the Old Testament Story: Godís Mission and Godís People
Kelle, Brad E.

Nashville: Abingdon, 2017 pp. xviii + 235. $34.99

Description: While honoring the historical context and literary diversity of the Old Testament, Telling the Old Testament Story is a thematic reading that construes the OT as a complex but coherent narrative. Unlike standard, introductory textbooks that only cover basic background and interpretive issues for each Old Testament book, this introduction combines a thematic approach with careful exegetical attention to representative biblical texts, ultimately telling the macro-level story, while drawing out the multiple nuances present within different texts and traditions. The book works from the Protestant canonical arrangement of the Old Testament, which understands the story of the Old Testament as the story of God and Godís relationship with all creation in love and redemptionóa story that joins the New Testament to the Old. Within this broader story, the Old Testament presents the specific story of God and Godís relationship with Israel as the people called, created, and formed to be Godís covenant partner and instrument within creation.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Literature, Methods, Theological Approaches, Theological Interpretation

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Review by Jeff Anderson
Published 12/27/2018
Citation: Jeff Anderson, review of Brad E. Kelle, Telling the Old Testament Story: Godís Mission and Godís People, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2018).

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