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The Kerygma of the Wilderness Traditions in the Hebrew Bible examines biblical writers' use of the wilderness traditions in the books of Exodus and Numbers, Deuteronomy, the Prophets, and the Writings to express their beliefs in God and their understandings of the community's relationship to God. Kerygma is the proclamation of God's actions with the purpose of affirming faith/or appealing to an obedient response from the community. The experiences of the wilderness community, who rebelled and refused to live according to God's purposes, serve as a polemic against disbelief in God and the refusal to embrace Israel's religious heritage. In the Writings, more than in the Prophets, the wilderness traditions are remembered with a notable resemblance to the traditions in Exodus and Numbers, which reflects a heightened interest in the ancient traditions in the closing turbulent period of Israelite history. Recollections of Israel's beginnings in the wilderness address problems associated with faith, obedience, and ultimately, the nature of the Israelite community.
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The Author: Terry L. Burdem teaches in the Department of Religion at Georgetown College, Georgetown, Kentucky. A native Kentuckian, he received his B.S. at Murray State University, and his M. Div., Th.M., and Ph.D. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He studied with John D.W. Watts at Southern Seminary and with George W. Coats at Lexington Theological Seminary. He has taught at Southern Seminary, publishes reviews, served as pastor, and published other works. His plans include the publication of studies related to the present work.Review:
«... a fascinating study of Israel's wilderness traditions and the message which the Old Testament writers received and proclaimed through their transmission. This book, while quite thorough on a technical subject, also makes interesting reading. It should also stimulate any preacher to an application of these passages through the pulpit ministry to the needs of contemporary congregations. Dr. Burden shows great promise as a thoughtful scholar, a reverent student of the biblical text, and a communicator of spiritual truth.» (Robert L. Cate, Oklahoma State University)
«... Burden's research skills are apparent throughout the book; but so are his interpretative skills. The book is written by an able young scholar, but not addressed exclusively to other scholars. Lay readers and others not skilled in Old Testament research methodology will benefit from this work.... It is to be hoped that other works will be forthcoming.» (Page H. Kelley, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary)
«Terry Burden's book... fills a noticeable gap in the literature. The treatment is solid. His conclusions are valid. And the book reads well.» (John D.W. Watts, Old Testament Editor, World Biblical Commentary) «...é um bom trabalho sobre um tema muto importante do AT.» (Revista Biblica Brasileira)
«The book is well worth reading and makes a solid contribution to biblical studies.» (John D.W. Watts, Review and Expositor)
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Book Description Peter Lang Publishing, 1994. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0820422533