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The Old Testament Is Dying : A Diagnosis and Recommended Treatment
by Brent A. Strawn


Overview - The Old Testament constitutes the majority of the Christian Bible and provides much of the language of Christian faith. However, many churches tend to neglect this crucial part of Scripture. This timely book details a number of ways the Old Testament is showing signs of decay, demise, and imminent death in the church.  Read more...

 
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Overview
The Old Testament constitutes the majority of the Christian Bible and provides much of the language of Christian faith. However, many churches tend to neglect this crucial part of Scripture. This timely book details a number of ways the Old Testament is showing signs of decay, demise, and imminent death in the church. Brent Strawn reminds us of the Old Testament's important role in Christian faith and practice, criticizes current misunderstandings that contribute to its neglect, and offers ways to revitalize its use in the church.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780801048883
  • ISBN-10: 0801048885
  • Publisher: Baker Academic
  • Publish Date: March 2017
  • Page Count: 336
  • Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 pounds

Series: Theological Explorations for the Church Catholic

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Books > Religion > Biblical Criticism & Interpretation - Old Testament
Books > Religion > Biblical Studies - Old Testament

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2017-01-09
  • Reviewer: Staff

In this intriguing analysis, Candler School of Theology professor Strawn sounds an alarm, equating the Old Testament with a dying language the loss of which threatens devastating consequences for Christianity and humanity. Using linguistic investigations, Strawn describes both the vicious disdain for the Old Testament deity professed by biologist Richard Dawkins and the New Atheists, and the extreme religious rhetoric of television evangelist Pat Robertson as pidgins: greatly abbreviated languages that facilitate the bare minimum of communication. Arguing that the second-century heresies of Marcion, who found irreconcilable differences between the deities represented in the Old and New Testaments, have endured, Strawn suggests that the pidginization reflected in Christian liturgy led to the rise in German anti-Semitism and eventually the Holocaust. He argues that the Old Testament language was reduced, then subsumed, then transformed, and... entirely forgotten in the creole preached by prosperity gospel happiologists like Joel Osteen. Following these depressing analyses with A Path to Recovery, Strawn emphasizes the need to save dying languages and become bilingual, concluding that the Old Testament must be usedextensively and regularly... in formative moments of Christian practice and education. This engaging scholarly work deserves serious attention from todays church leaders. (Mar.)

 
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