Friday, December 05, 2008

"Hear the word of Yahweh: Essays on Scripture and Archeology in Honor of Horace D. Hummel": an Amazon review

"This is a collection of 15 theological essays in honor of Professor Horace Hummel. Most of them are engaging, well-written, and thought-provoking, often coming from a Lutheran "law/gospel" perspective (especially Paul Schreiber and Andrew Bartelt's respective essays). Especially engaging are Christopher Mitchell's lengthy essay on the Lutheran perspective on the Song of Songs and Roger Cotton's shorter piece on a Biblical theology of Leviticus, drawing especially on Lev. 19. The archeological essays were likewise good, proving once again that archeological discoveries enlighten and inform our perspectives on ancient texts.

What kept me from giving this volume 5 stars was Andrew Steinmann's essay on gender-neutral and gender-sensitive language in the church which seemed somewhat superficial and forced at times."

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