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A God So Near

Essays on Old Testament Theology in Honor of Patrick D. Miller

Edited by Brent A. Strawn, Nancy R. Bowen

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A God So Near

Essays on Old Testament Theology in Honor of Patrick D. Miller

Edited by Brent A. Strawn, Nancy R. Bowen

Patrick Miller is widely known as an educator, editor, President of the Society of Biblical Literature, and academic who is concerned to ensure that academics and the life of the church are not torn asunder in this era of fragmentation. As the editors note, “The depths of Miller’s contributions to church and academy are reflected in the depth of his relationships with family, friends, and colleagues.” This volume honors him for his life’s work, presenting 24 essays by students and colleagues on themes dear to Miller: (1) the Psalms and God’s nearness to his people, and (2) Torah (Deuteronomy, in particular) and God’s connection with his people in their lives together. A bibliography of Miller’s writings is also included.

 

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Patrick Miller is widely known as an educator, editor, President of the Society of Biblical Literature, and academic who is concerned to ensure that academics and the life of the church are not torn asunder in this era of fragmentation. As the editors note, “The depths of Miller’s contributions to church and academy are reflected in the depth of his relationships with family, friends, and colleagues.” This volume honors him for his life’s work, presenting 24 essays by students and colleagues on themes dear to Miller: (1) the Psalms and God’s nearness to his people, and (2) Torah (Deuteronomy, in particular) and God’s connection with his people in their lives together. A bibliography of Miller’s writings is also included.

Preface

Brent A. Strawn and Nancy R. Bowen

Abbreviations and Contributors

Part I: ‘Near Whenever We Call’: God’s Nearness in Israel’s Crying Out (The Psalms and Beyond)

1. Reading the Lament Psalms Backwards H. G. M. Williamson

2. ‘Without Our Aid He Did Us Make’: Singing the Meaning of the Psalms W. Sibley Towner

3. The So-Called Elohistic Psalter: A New Solution for an Old Problem Frank-Lothar Hossfeld and Erich Zenger

4. A Fairy Tale Wedding? A Feminist Intertextual Reading of Psalm 45 Nancy R. Bowen

5. Notes on Psalm 93: A Fragment of a Liturgical Poem Affirming Yahweh’s Kingship Frank Moore Cross

6. There the Blessing: An Exposition of Psalm 133 James Luther Mays

7. Certainty, Ambiguity, and Trust: Knowledge of God in Psalm 139 Carolyn Pressler

8. Quoth the Raven: Psalm 147 and the Environment James Limburg

9. Prayer and/as Self-Address: The Case of Hannah J. Gerald Janzen

10. Naomi’s Cry: Reflections on Ruth 1:20-21 Katharine Doob Sakenfeld

11. Jonah 2: A Prayer out of the Deep Gerhard Sauter

12. Songs in a New Key: The Psalmic Structure of the Chronicler’s Hymn (1 Chr 16:8-36) Mark A. Throntveit

13. Wild, Raging Creativity: The Scene in the Whirlwind (Job 38-41) Kathleen M. O’Connor

Part II: ‘As Just as This Entire Law’: God’s Nearness in the Torah (Deuteronomy and Beyond)

14. Law in the Service of Life: A Dynamic Understanding of Law in Deuteronomy Terence E. Fretheim

15. How Does Deuteronomy Do Theology? Literary Juxtaposition and Paradox in the New Moab Covenant in Deuteronomy 29-32 Dennis T. Olson

16. Keep/Observe/Do—Carefully—Today! The Rhetoric of Repetition in Deuteronomy Brent A. Strawn

17. Divine Warrior Theology in Deuteronomy Richard D. Nelson

18. Reading Deuteronomy 5 as Narrative Norbert Lohfink

19. The Travail of Pardon: Reflections on slh Walter Brueggemann

20. Circumcision of the Heart: The Journey of a Biblical Metaphor Werner E. Lemke

21. Huldah, the Prophet: Reading a (Deuteronomistic) Woman’s Identity Renita J. Weems

22. Prophets and Kings: A New Look at the Royal Persecution of Prophets against Its Near Eastern Background J. J. M. Roberts

23. From Mountain to Mountain: The Reign of God in Daniel 2 C. L. Seow

24. Sola Scriptura? The Authority of the Bible in Pluralistic Environments Michael Welker

Bibliography of the Works of Patrick D. Miller, 1964-2001

Brent A. Strawn

Indexes of Authors and Scripture

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