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Barrenness and Blessing: Abraham, Sarah, and the Journey of Faith
Gossai, Hemchand

Eugene, Ore.: Cascade, 2008 pp. 136. $17.00

Description: The themes of these stories are profoundly human themes, capturing the persistent interaction between God and humankind. These narratives invite us to witness the manner in which God enters human community in all of its complexities, struggles, challenges, fears, and ultimately hope. As the narratives unfold, not only is it clear that God will not be restricted by societal and cultural conventions, but the human journey will be generated by faith and doubt, fear and hope, promise and fulfillment. Hemchand Gossai not only explores the various themes within a variety of texts, but maintains a constant eye on the implications for the church and contemporary readers. In this regard, some of the literal and particular experiences such as barrenness, wilderness, and wrestling with God are examined as metaphors for our experiences. The richness and texture of metaphors allow us to embrace these stories in a way that makes them our stories.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Pentateuch, Genesis, Literature

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Review by Dorothea Erbele-Kuester
Published 8/29/2009
Citation: Dorothea Erbele-Kuester, review of Hemchand Gossai, Barrenness and Blessing: Abraham, Sarah, and the Journey of Faith, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).


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