Table of contents for Theologies in the Old Testament / Erhard S. Gerstenberger ; translated by John Bowden.


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Preface                                                     ix

1. PRELIMINARY REMARKS                                      1

2. INTRODUCTION                                             5
       2.1 From what context do we consider the Old Testament?  5
       2.2 What is the status of the Old Testament writings? 12
       2.3 What are our aims in interpreting the ancient traditions?  17

 3. A SKETCH OF THE SOCIAL HISTORY OF ISRAEL                19
       3.1 Family and clan                                  19
       3.2 Village and small town                           20
       3.3 Tribal alliances                                 21
       3.4 The monarchical state                            22
       3.5 Confessional and parochial communities           23

 4. THE DEITY IN THE CIRCLE OF FAMILY AND CLAN              25
       4.1 The horizon of faith                             25
       4.2 Cultic actions                                   35
       4.3 Ideas of God,                                    50
       4.4 The ethic of family and clan                     61
       4.5 Theology from the family - theology of the individual  75

 5. DEITIES OF THE VILLAGE (SMALL-TOWN)
       COMMUNITY                                            93
       5.1 The social history of Palestine                  93
       5.2 Village structures                               96




        5.3 Rituals and cults                                  101
        5.4 Ethics and the administration of justice           106
        5.5 The theology of the settled community              108

 6. GOD AND GODDESS IN THE TRIBAL ALLIANCE                     111
        6.1 The biblical picture of the tribal system          111
        6.2 The origin of Israel                               115
        6.3 The structure of the tribes                        120
        6.4 Cultic actions                                     130
        6.5 Ideas of God                                       138
        6.6 Faith and ethics                                   151
        6.7 Ideologies of war? Liberation theology?            156
        6.8 How were larger societies organized?               159

 7. KINGDOM THEOLOGIES IN ISRAEL                               161
        7.1 The sources                                        161
        7.2 Internal organization                              163
        7.3 Foreign policy                                     176
        7.4 Theology of king and state                         180
        7.5 The opposition from peripheral groups (prophecy)   188
        7.6 Were there special features in the northern kingdom
              of Israel?                                       198
        7.7 The theology of the southern kingdom after David
              (Jerusalem theology)                             199
        7.8 Popular belief                                     201
        7.9 National religion?                                 203

  8. THE FAITH COMMUNITY OF 'ISRAEL' AFTER
        THE DEPORTATIONS                                       207
        8.1 The political and social situation: internal structures  207
        8.2 The origin of the holy scriptures                  209
        8.3 Yahweh, the only God                               215
              The name and exclusiveness of Yahweh             218
              The legacy offamily and village religion      221
              The power and impotence of God                   224
              Justice and peace                                234
              Creation and history                             242
              Guilt and atonement                              244
              Summary                                          245





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       8.4 The cult: temple and synagogue                   253
       8.5 Popular belief                                   258
       8.6 The ethic of the Yahweh community                262
       8.7 What remains?                                    271

 9. POLYTHEISM, SYNCRETISM AND THE ONE GOD                  273
       9.1 Conceptual clarifications                        274
       9.2 Changes: the accumulation and interdependence
             of images of God                               276
       9.3 Tensions between the theologies of ancient Israel 280

10. EFFECTS AND CONTROVERSIES                               283
       10.1  Christian perspectives?                        283
       10.2 The ecumenicity of our theology                 284
       10.3 The autonomous human being                      286
       10.4 The unjust, unredeemed world                    288
       10.5 God: personal or impersonal?                    290
       10.6 The liberating God                              291
       10.7 An ethic of responsibility                      293
       10.8 Images of God today                             296
       10.9 Parallel theologies (pluralism)?                297
       10.10 Relativity, absoluteness, globalization     298
       10.11 Monism and dualism                             299
       10.12 Anthropology                                   300
       10.13 History and eschaton                           302
       10.14 Our God today                                  304
       10.15 God for all                                    305

APPENDIX: GOD IN OUR TIME                                   307

Abbreviations                                               323
Bibliography                                                327
Index of Biblical References                                339
Index of Modern Authors                                     353





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