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By Hans Walter Wolff

The purpose of lifework into current for theological attention the outdated testomony witness to the character of guy. It comprises special reviews of ways within which Israelite guy used to be considered, and of the ways that the previous testomony describes his actual being. half then is going directly to examine the context during which Hebrew guy lived out his life, and its inspiration of time and of the created universe, during which guy either labored and located rest. half 3 strikes directly to the social element of man's existence, with its associations, pattems of dating and ethical calls for. A concluding bankruptcy sums up the general photograph given within the outdated testomony of man's future. The ebook is easily translated and readable, and has a truly nice usefulness for the final reader of the Bible, a result of means during which it fills out the image of what lifestyles was once like in previous testomony occasions. whereas it really is essentially aimed toward a theological readership, feet will turn out to be an crucial software for any examine of previous testomony ethics. At a number of issues it describes very lucidly the context of ethical behaviour within the lifetime of old Israel. in response to this it unearths very essentially the chances which existence provided, and serves in a couple of how one can light up the reasoning at the back of Israelite legislation. All in all it impresses the reader with a attractiveness of the inextricable means during which tradition, faith and morality are intertwined within the outdated testomony. in simple terms through cognizance to this may biblical morality and the biblical belief of guy be understood.

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5 The right {yâmïn) and the left hand (semö7) are distinguished, for example, in the description of the embracing of the beloved (S. of S. 6) : His left hand is under my head, and his right hand embraces me. But they also represent the contrast between strength and weakness (Gen. 14), wisdom and foolishness, or happiness and unhappiness (Eccles. 2). (d) 9esbd? means both the finger of the hand and the toes of the foot. The giant in Gath (II Sam. 20) had 'six fingers on each hand, and six toes on each foot, twenty-four in number'.

This establishes the synonymous parallelism, which is also decisively favoured by the basic meaning of nesämä. Yahweh thereby counts as the protector as well as the Creator of the breath. 6 Everything to do with man is earthly and material, even though it is formed by Yahweh himself ; but man's existence as living being is thanks to Yahweh's infusion of the breath of life. Yet the Yahwist does not speak of the breath of Yahweh (cf. also Isa. 5). 10 (forms ice). 33). 16 makes Yahweh's anger find its limits in the remembrance of the 'creatures of breath' whom he has created (cf.

Gen. 26f. the considerations that lead Jeroboam to his decision in v. 28. In Gen. '" Instead of'he said in his heart', we should say 'after reasonable consideration he said to himself'. 1). 26 the heart as the organ of its own reflections is confronted with the accumulated wisdom of experience: He who trusts in his own heart is a fool; but he who walks in wisdom is delivered. 11 takes the intellectual functions of the heart one step further. The prophet sees that: Ephraim is like a dove, which lets itself be led astray, without heart.

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