Anthropology of the Old Testament by Hans Walter Wolff

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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The purpose of lifework into current for theological attention the outdated testomony witness to the character of guy.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 includes special reports of how during 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 concept of time and of the created universe, within which guy either labored and located relaxation. half 3 strikes directly to the social element of man's existence, with its associations, pattems of courting and ethical calls for. A concluding bankruptcy sums up the general photo given within the previous testomony of man's future. The booklet is easily translated and readable, and has a truly nice usefulness for the overall reader of the Bible, as a result method during which it fills out the image of what lifestyles was once like in outdated testomony occasions. whereas it truly is essentially aimed toward a theological readership, toes will end up to be an essential software for any learn of previous testomony ethics. At a number of issues it describes very lucidly the context of ethical behaviour within the lifetime of old Israel. according to this it finds very truly the chances which existence provided, and serves in a few how one can remove darkness from the reasoning at the back of Israelite legislation. All in all it impresses the reader with a acceptance of the inextricable manner during which tradition, faith and morality are intertwined within the outdated testomony. simply by way of realization to this may biblical morality and the biblical belief of guy be understood.

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We may mention in this connection a remarkable late Deuteronomic interpretation of the presence of God in the temple at Jerusalem. 16) a saying of Yahweh's to Solomon after the consecration of the temple runs : I have consecrated this temple which you have built, by leaving my name there for ever ; my eyes and my heart also shall be there for all time. The well known Deuteronomic saying about the name of God dwelling in the sanctuary is explained and supplemented by an otherwise unknown expansion.

Is the synonymous parallel to 'plan' Çësâ) : May he grant you your heart's desire, and fulfil all your plans ! 5 the Yahwist talks about the forming of the plans of the heart which are only evil. Since the criteria of plans and actions have to be considered in the heart, I. comes to take on the meaning 'conscience', for example in I Sam. ' In the same way, in II Sam. 10 it is the heart as conscience that beats, or smites David. The reason given for the 'beating' of the heart in the respective contexts shows that the writer does not mean the beating of the heart, either in the physiological sense, or in the sense of excited emotions; what is being described is the reaction of the ethical judgment formed by the conscience.

75 The same is true according to Prov. 5 Since human life is reasonable life, the hearing ear and the properly directed tongue are the essential organs for man. In so far the central Deuteronomic 'Hear, Ο Israel' (Deut. 4) is picking up the oldest call to the patriarchs and the voices of the prophets, as the word which is the essential ground of human life and its renewal. For the ear and the mouth provide not only the specifically human exchange between men, but also that between Yahweh and Israel, between mankind and its God.

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