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The Old Testament in the Life of God's People

Essays in Honor of Elmer A. Martens

Edited by Jon Isaak

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The Old Testament in the Life of God's People

Essays in Honor of Elmer A. Martens

Edited by Jon Isaak

This book celebrates the contributions to Old Testament theology of Elmer A. Martens, President and Professor of Old Testament at Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary, Fresno, California (both positions now Emeritus). It includes 3 essays written by Martens himself, as well as 15 others written by his former students, colleagues, friends, and even one of his professors! The essays are clustered around three topics—Christians’ use of the Old Testament, aligning God’s people with God’s call for justice, and addressing the issue of land in the life of God’s people—each of which reflects an area of special interest to Martens. A biographical sketch, a list of the honoree’s varied publications, and indexes are included.

 

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This book celebrates the contributions to Old Testament theology of Elmer A. Martens, President and Professor of Old Testament at Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary, Fresno, California (both positions now Emeritus). It includes 3 essays written by Martens himself, as well as 15 others written by his former students, colleagues, friends, and even one of his professors! The essays are clustered around three topics—Christians’ use of the Old Testament, aligning God’s people with God’s call for justice, and addressing the issue of land in the life of God’s people—each of which reflects an area of special interest to Martens. A biographical sketch, a list of the honoree’s varied publications, and indexes are included.

Martens has had a productive career as teacher, author, and preacher—a career spanning almost six decades and five continents. After 40 years of seminary teaching, Elmer is known to many as professor. He taught his signature class, Old Testament theology, from 1968 to 2004 at Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary, shaping an entire generation of preachers and Bible teachers. His Old Testament theology textbook, God’s Design, now in its third edition, continues to be used at the seminary as well as in translation in numerous other schools around the world.

Preface

Elmer A. Martens: A Biographical Sketch Phyllis Martens

Abbreviations

Publications by Elmer A. Martens

Part 1: Christian Use of the Old Testament

Embracing the Law: A Biblical Theological Perspective Elmer A. Martens

God’s Design and Postmodernism: Recent Approaches to Old Testament Theology Paul R. House

Educating to Become Wise: Intercultural Theological Education Marlene Enns

To Know or Not to Know: Hosea’s Use of yd’/d’t M. Douglas Carew

The Problem of Preaching the Old Testament Franklyn L. Jost

On Truth-Telling and Biblical Theology Rolf P. Knierim

Part 2: Aligning God’s People with God’s Call for Justice

Yahweh, Justice, and Religious Pluralism in the Old Testament Elmer A. Martens

Creation and Peace: Creator and Creature in Genesis 1–11 Ben C. Ollenburger

Jethro in the Structure of the Book of Exodus Waldemar Janzen

The Case of the Venus Flytrap: The Argument of the Book of Job Pierre Gilbert

Church of Justice Alfred Neufeld

Righteousness in Romans: The Political Subtext of Paul’s Letter John E. Toews

Part 3: Addressing the Issue of Land in the Life of God’s People

“O Land, Land, Land”: Reading the Earth Story in Both Testaments Elmer A. Martens

Israel and Her Land in Biblical Perspective Walter C. Kaiser Jr.

God’s Design and the Church Timothy J. Geddert

Biblical Perspectives on Biodiversity: A Conversation with E. O. Wilson Theodore Hiebert

All Creatures Great and Small: Recovering A Deuteronomic Theology of Animals Daniel I. Block

The Word Made Bitter: At the Table with Joshua, Buber, and Bakhtin Gordon H. Matties

Indexes

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