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Yet I Loved Jacob: Reclaiming the Biblical Concept of Election [Paperback]

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Pages   242
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 6.12" Height: 0.66"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2007
Publisher   Abingdon Church Supplies
ISBN  0687025346  
EAN  9780687025343  


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Explores a biblical paradox - God's choice in favor of some serves God's plan to benefit all. Although the idea of the Jewish people being especially chosen by God is an idea affirmed by both early Christians and rabbis, the concept that God would favor one person or group over another is highly problematic in today's democratic and pluralistic society. Kaminsky asserts that we nee to reexamine the Bible in light of this matter. Seeks a better understanding of what the Bible really says about God's choosing Drawing from both Old and New Testaments, the book explores how God chooses, how humans participate, what we know from the Bible about God's intentions, and whether God's plan for the chosen people succeeds.

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God's favor towards some serves God's plan for the larger world. The fact that the Jewish people are especially chosen by God is an idea affirmed by both early Christians and rabbis. However, the idea that God would favor one person or group over another is highly problematic in today's democratic and pluralistic society. Being the Chosen is often seen as better ignored or even repudiated by both Christians and Jews.

According to Joel Kaminsky, God's larger plan for the world is worked out through the three-way relationship between God, Israel, and the nations of the world. He asserts that we need to reexamine the Bible in light of this matter. What is needed is a better understanding of what the Bible really says about God's choosing. Beginning with the familiar stories in Genesis (Cain and Abel; Isaac and Ishmael; Jacob and Esau; Joseph and his brothers; but also Hagar and Sarah; Leah and Rachel; Isaac and Rebekah), Kaminsky shows how God chooses, how humans participate, what we know from the Bible about God's intentions, and whether God's plan for the chosen people succeeds. The book continues through the Old Testament, asking about the fates of those whom God chooses to favor, those whom God rejects, and those who are neither favored nor rejected. Finally, Kaminsky shows how both the New Testament authors and the rabbis affirmed the Old Testament view of God's election. Each chapter engages modern problems with a theology of election and every chapter affirms the biblical paradox the God's choice in favor of some serves God's plan to benefit all.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Gary A. Anderson is Hesburgh Professor of Catholic Theology at the University of Notre Dame.Joel S. Kaminsky is a professor of religion at Smith College.Contributors: Gary A. Anderson, Leora Batnitzky, Richard J. Clifford, S.J., W. Randall Garr, Greg Schmidt Goering, Matthias Henze, Marc Hirshman, Joel S. Kaminsky, James Kugel, Kevin Madigan, Bruce D. Marshall, R. W. L. Moberly, Mark Reasoner, Kathryn Schifferdecker, and Brooks Schramm."

Joel S. Kaminsky was born in 1960 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Smith College, Massachusetts.

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Review from CHOICE March 2008  Apr 8, 2008
Kaminsky (Smith College) here considers the fundamental biblical topic of Israel's election. Though one of the most misunderstood, and often unfairly criticized, theological doctrines found in the Bible, the theme cannot be avoided if one is to read the Bible seriously. In this well-reasoned, reliable introduction to the topic, Kaminsky does an excellent job of explaining the origin of the concept in the book of Genesis, its centrality in the Exodus narrative, and its relationship to law and holiness as these are described in the books of Leviticus and Deuteronomy. In an interesting turn, Kaminsky also examines the biblical conception of those who are either what he labels "anti-elect," such as the Canaanites, or "non-elect," who fall theologically between Israel and the "anti-elect." This, as it turns out, is the great majority of humankind. To complete his review, Kaminsky also considers the meaning of election in the Psalms and biblical Wisdom literature. Finally, he ponders the New Testament use of the notion of election and its polemic against the Jewish understanding, including the understanding of the Talmudic sages. In all, this is a first-rate study. Summing Up: Recommended. All libraries serving religion departments and theology schools; lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers. -- S. T. Katz, Boston University.
 

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