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The Way of the Lord: Essays in Old Testament Theology
Miller, Patrick†D.

Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2004 pp. x + 341. $30.00


Description: The essays in this volume represent a theological interpretation especially focused on the Decalogue and the Psalms. The essays on the Commandments lay out an understanding of them as a kind of constitutional guideline for the life of the community of faith that is then developed in many specific and illustrative ways in the rest of Scripture - legislation, narrative, prophetic oracle, psalm, and wisdom saying. The various treatments of the Psalms focus especially on the way in which the Psalter is a book of theology as much as it is a collection of hymns and prayers. The final section of the book continues the theological reading of the Old Testament with some specific attention to the methodological issues as well as to aspects of the character of God and the nature of the human. Contents include: The place of the Decalogue in the Old Testament and its law, The sufficiency and insufficiency of the commandments, Metaphors for the moral, The good neighbor: identity and community through the commandments, The story of the first commandment: the book of exodus, The story of the first commandment: the book of Joshua, The psalms as a meditation on the first commandment, The commandments in the reformed perspective, "That It May Go Well with You" The commandments and the common good, The ruler in Zion and the hope of the poor: Psalms 9-10 in the context of the Psalter, The poetry of creation: Psalm 104, The hermeneutics of imprecation, Prayer and worship, The Psalter as a book of theology, What is a human being? The anthropology of the Psalter I, The sinful and trusting creature: The anthropology of the Psalter II, Constitution or instruction? The purpose of Deuteronomy, "Slow to Anger" the God of the prophets, What the scriptures principally teach, Theology from below: the theological interpretation of scripture, Man and woman: towards a theological anthropology. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Subjects: Methods, Theological Approaches, Biblical Theology, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Theology

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Review by Walter Brueggemann
Published 1/27/2008
Citation: Walter Brueggemann, review of Patrick D. Miller, The Way of the Lord: Essays in Old Testament Theology, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2008).


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