By Bernhard W. Anderson
During this masterwork, certainly one of America's prime biblical students takes a clean examine the theology of the previous testomony. Anderson cuts his personal direction and gives us with artistic new insights on the entire significant sections of the previous testomony. He illuminates the nuances of a number of the covenants and theological shifts in a hugely readable type. His dialog companions comprise the formative individuals from either the Christian neighborhood (Eichrodt, von Rad, Childs) and the Jewish group (Heschel, Herberg, Levenson) whereas interacting with the latest advancements within the box, particularly Walter Brueggemann's Theology of the outdated testomony.
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Of ri>c Rtf'yiOfl of Israrf (umbridge· Harvard Univ. Press, 1973}, 44- 75 . The Name of God 51 The ret icence about disclosing God's name, and Ihus making God accessible in human language, must be taken wi t h the utmost theological serious ness. There is a sense in ",'hich Cod is nameless, beyond all h um an "naming" in language, even our highest though ts and loftiest metaphors (see lsa . 55:8-9). Imagination cannot really " image~ God .. it can only point to th e holy God, who is beyond hum an la nguage, even t hough God chooses to speak through human words.
Tt. " Im"1lINI Jo "Or /'fDjI. 7:18). In a world o f religious tolerance and sy ncre tism, onc wonders why Israel's imell'reters were so hostile to BaaHsm. One reason, sociological in nature, is [hat Baal religion was tica up with the eity·state culrure aga inst which the Israelites revolted in the ~riod o f the judges and la te r. Elijah's eonlcst again~t Baal, in Ihe famous scene on 1\·lount Carmd ( I Kings 18)," was in part a political struggle against the Phoenician mercantile economy that threatened Israel undc r the inlluence of the aggressive queen, Je zebcl.
The translators of the King la mes Version d id not understa nd this li lera ry co nven tio n but read the given consonanlS and the subs tirute vo wels together, w ith the resul ting hybrid ro nn ·}eho vah .... This auirude of reverence, exprt:"Sscd in honoling Cod's na me, is certainly appmpria te in prayer and worship. Onc of the Ten Comman d ments (hod 20]) s tipulates that in the covena nt comm unit)' '"you shall nOllake the name of YHWH yoor God in va in" (or '"make wron gful use of" the name, NRSV).