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The Supernatural in the Old Testament

Rogerson, John

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ISBN 10: 0718822331 / ISBN 13: 9780718822330
Published by Lutterworth Press, Guildford, England, 1976
Used Condition: Very Good+ Soft cover
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66 p. Binding is tight, text is clean. Previous owner/s name stamp on the half-title. Issued in the publisher's series, Interpreting the Bible. A nice copy. A study of the treatment of the miraculous in the Old Testament, focusing not on the literal truth or otherwise of the events depicted, but on what they mean and what they tell us about God. Contents: Natural and supernatural -- Myth --Ultimate questions -- Folklore -- Presence and Power -- Third-hand and first-hand tradition -- Sources and traditions -- Miracles and historicity -- The creation -- The fall -- Abraham's three visitors -- The sacrifice of Isaac -- Jacob and Jabbok -- The burning bush -- The plaques in Egypt -- The pillar of cloud and fire -- The crossing of the Red Sea -- The Brazen serpent -- Gideon's fleece -- The call of Samuel -- The Plagues brought upon the Philistines by the Ark -- Elijah's drought -- Various miracles of Elijah and Elisha -- The healing of Naaman -- The vision of waters flowing from the temple -- The burning fiery furnace. Bookseller Inventory # 002057

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Title: The Supernatural in the Old Testament

Publisher: Lutterworth Press, Guildford, England

Publication Date: 1976

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition:Very Good+

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When people read the Old Testament they are sometimes puzzled by the supernatural stories: animals that talk, jars of oil that are never empty, dead people restored to life, seas that divide and rivers that dry up. Some have no difficulty with such stories. This is the world of the Bible and the reader must expect such like. Those who cannot believe that have either abandoned the Bible and its world altogether or else they have devised ways of explaining (or explaining away!) events that puzzle them.

John Rogerson does neither. Instead of asking what happened and how it happened he chooses instead to ask what it meant. Why did the early church relate and record these tales' And what did they mean' What did they say about God' So the reader begins to see that beyond the stories themselves there is truth about God and his world for every generation.

Teachers will find useful lesson materials here, discussion group leaders will find something to start folk talking, and preachers will find a new approach to familiar passages.

A companion volume, The Supernatural in the New Testament by Bruce Kaye, is also published by the Lutterworth Press.

About the Author:

John Rogerson is Emeritus Professor of Biblical Studies, University of Sheffield, where he was Head of Department for 15 years. He is author of An Introduction to the Bible, Atlas of the Bible, The Old Testament World (with Philip Davies), and Chronicle of the Old Testament Kings.

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