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Shepherds After My Own Heart: Pastoral Traditions And Leadership in the Bible (New Studies in Biblical Theology) [Paperback]

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Pages   313
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.48" Width: 5.98" Height: 0.98"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2006
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  0830826211  
EAN  9780830826216  


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Shepherds After My Own Heart is a full-length academic treatment of the theme of the shepherd/pastor throughout the whole of scripture. It comprises a detailed study of Ancient Near Eastern understandings of this powerful metaphor, its uses and development in the Old Testament and its employment by the apostolic writers to describe the messianic significance of Jesus Christ, both in his earthly ministry and in his ascended and apocalyptic Lordship over church and world. In doing so, it articulates key elements of a biblical theology of pastoral ministry and leadership.

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Scripture says, "I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will lead you with knowledge and understanding" (Jeremiah 3:15). Most of Israel's pastoral imagery is grounded in two traditions: Moses as God's under-shepherd and David as shepherd-king. These traditions, explains author Timothy S. Laniak, provided prototypes for leaders that followed, and formed the background for the ministry of Jesus, the good shepherd. The pastoral role was central to the ongoing life of local churches in the Christian movement, and today's pastors are still called to be shepherds after God's own heart, to lead his people, living on the margins of settled society, to their eternal home. In this excellent study, Laniak draws on a wide range of Old and New Testament texts to develop the biblical theology of "shepherd" imagery, and concludes with some principles and implications for contemporary pastoral ministry. A wonderful resource for pastors, teachers and seminary students, as well as readers interested in the study of biblical imagery.

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More About Timothy S. Laniak

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Dr. Timothy S. Laniak (ThD, Harvard Divinity School) studied in the Middle East and worked as a missionary in Europe and Asia before taking his current position as professor of Old Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC. His writings reflect both his passion for studying Scripture and his scholarly approach to social anthropology. Laniak's works include: While Shepherds Watch Their Flocks, Shepherds after My own Heart, Shame and Honor in the Book of Esther, and Esther in the Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther volume of the New International Biblical Commentary series.

Timothy S. Laniak currently resides in Charlotte.

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Thorough and Insightful  Jan 9, 2007
I highly recommend Shepherds After My Own Heart, by Tim Laniak, for those serving in ministerial positions and/or interested in the biblical theology of the shepherd/sheep/flock metaphor found throughout the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. I also recommend this book for anyone interested in the study of leadership, Christian or otherwise.

Dr. Tim Laniak is an OT/Hebrew Professor at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. His book represents an exhaustive study of the shepherd motif/metaphor in the Old and New Testaments, as well as ancient near eastern cultures.

The analogies of a shepherd, undershepherds, sheep, goats, rams, ewes, and lambs provides a rich medium in which to help communicate the biblical theologies of 1) leadership, 2) the sacrificial care and concern of God for His people, 3) the visible church, 4) church discipline, 5) the role of human ministers, 6) the saving work of Christ, and 7) eschatology and judgment.

The book is written to accommodate both the common laity as well as advanced biblical scholars. Someone with little or no knowledge of the Bible will appreciate it, as well as the Biblical language expert.

In addition to its "standalone" value, the book has an advanced bibliography and detailed indexes to serve as a reference text for exegesis and sermon preparation.
 

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