THE FAITH OF ISRAEL by N. H. Rowley

THE FAITH OF ISRAEL

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Subtitled ""Aspects of Old Testament Thought,"" this book is not a history of Israelite religion, but rather a thoroughgoing attempt to set forth some of the cardinal aspects of the Old Testament doctrine of God, or ""theology."" As such, it will be of interest to serious students of the Bible who wish to learn of the antecedents of Christian theology. Professor Rowley, of Manchester University, England, reminds his readers that the Old Testament is not to be read as a Christian book, for though it is an essential part of the Christian Bible, it is not a part in which the meaning of the whole is to be found. There are several strands in the religion of Israel, the most significant those which came through Moses at Sinai. Through him and others came an influence which was derived neither from the past, nor from Canaan, but from God. The theology of the Old Testament is properly based only on those elements of Israel's distinctive faith which, incipient at first, were developed in her history and by which older and alien elements were evaluated, and either accepted, or rejected. Thus Dr. Rowley deals with Revelation, the Nature of God, the Nature and Need of Man, Individual and Community, the Good Life, Death and Beyond, and the Day of the Lord. Detailed and footnoted enough for the scholar, it should prove of great value to the general student as well.

Publisher: Westminster Press