The Call of Abraham: Essays on the Election of Israel in Honor of Jon D. Levenson
Anderson, Gary A. and Joel S. Kaminsky, editors
Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2013 pp. xvi + 390. $64.00
Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity Series, 19
The topic of the election of Israel is one of the most controversial and difficult subjects in the entire Bible. Modern readers wonder why God would favor one specific people and why Israel in particular was chosen. One of the most important and theologically incisive voices on this topic has been that of Jon D. Levenson. His careful, wide-ranging scholarship on the Hebrew Bible and its theological reuse in later Judaic and Christian sources has influenced a generation of Jewish and Christian thinkers. This focused volume seeks to bring to a wide audience the ongoing rich theological dialogue on the election of Israel. Writing from a variety of disciplines and perspectives, the authors—Jews, Catholics, and Protestants—contribute thought-provoking essays spanning fields including the Hebrew Bible, apocryphal and pseudepigraphic literature, New Testament, rabbinics, the history of Christian exegesis, and modern theology. The resulting book not only engages the lifelong work of Jon D. Levenson but also sheds new light on a topic of great import to Judaism and Christianity and to the ongoing dialogue between these faith traditions.
Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, New Testament, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, Literary Approaches, Theological Approaches
Review by Megan Warner
Citation: Megan Warner, review of Gary A. Anderson and Joel S. Kaminsky, eds., The Call of Abraham: Essays on the Election of Israel in Honor of Jon D. Levenson, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).
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