God and Earthly Power
An Old Testament Political Theology
By (author) J. G. McConville
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God and Earthly Power by J. G. McConville
Book DescriptionIn "God and Earthly Power" J. G. McConville considers the nature of human power in the light of belief in God. The Bible, and especially the Old Testament, is relevant to the question, not least because perceptions about the use of power in relation to God are often derived correctly or incorrectly from it. This book thus aims to address a world in which Goda??s power is often invoked, from quite different quarters, in order to justify political and military action. McConvillea??s interpretation of the Old Testament focuses on Deuteronomy and the narrative in which it is set, because these are especially fruitful for political thinking. His case is argued for both exegetically and in relation to the actual use of the Old Testament in the history of political thought. McConville's core argument is that divine power, mediated through Torah, results in human freedom and a mandate for the political responsibility of citizens. Indeed, it is even the best guarantee of these.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780567045706
(234mm x 156mm x 18mm)
Imprint: T.& T.Clark Ltd
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 31-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Considers the nature of human power in the light of belief in God. This book examines the problem of the particularity of the Old Testament, both in general and in relation to New Testament universality. It is argued that in the biblical understanding of God there is not a link between monotheism and totalitarianism.
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Author Biography - J. G. McConville
J. G. McConville is Professor of Old Testament Theology in the University of Gloucestershire, UK. He has written extensively on Old Testament theology with a special focus on Deuteronomy, and has recently written a major commentary on that book.
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