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Love in the Hebrew Bible

Song-mi Suzie Park

Paperback 2023-04-04

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Jews and Christians both insist that love stands at the heart of who God is. Yet when we talk about love in the Hebrew Bible, how much do we really know? Are we aware of how often divine and human love are tied up with the idea of preference for one individual or group over another? Do we know how often descriptions of love involve questions of power, authority, and gender? Do we see that love is connected to suffering, betrayal, and sometimes death in the Hebrew Scriptures? In Love in the Hebrew Bible, one of the first book-length studies of its kind, Song-Mi Park provides fascinating and essential insights into these questions, refreshing our understanding of one of the most central of all Jewish and Christian beliefs: that God is love. Pushing against characterizations of the loving God of the New Testament narrative universe versus the wrathful God of the Old Testament, Park shows that love is integral to the ways in which relationships, both among people and also between humanity and God, are imagined in the Hebrew text. Reflecting matrices of meaning and associations, love thus is a vital component of the ideology and theology of the Hebrew Scriptures, and an understanding of it remains fundamental to our knowledge of the biblical text.

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Publisher Description

Jews and Christians both insist that love stands at the heart of who God is. Yet when we talk about love in the Hebrew Bible, how much do we really know? Are we aware of how often divine and human love are tied up with the idea of preference for one individual or group over another? Do we know how often descriptions of love involve questions of power, authority, and gender? Do we see that love is connected to suffering, betrayal, and sometimes death in the Hebrew Scriptures? In Love in the Hebrew Bible, one of the first book-length studies of its kind, Song-Mi Park provides fascinating and essential insights into these questions, refreshing our understanding of one of the most central of all Jewish and Christian beliefs: that God is love. Pushing against characterizations of the loving God of the New Testament narrative universe versus the wrathful God of the Old Testament, Park shows that love is integral to the ways in which relationships, both among people and also between humanity and God, are imagined in the Hebrew text. Reflecting matrices of meaning and associations, love thus is a vital component of the ideology and theology of the Hebrew Scriptures, and an understanding of it remains fundamental to our knowledge of the biblical text.

Koorong Code629867
ISBN0664261450
EAN9780664261450
Pages126
DepartmentAcademic
CategoryBiblical Studies
Sub-CategoryBiblical Theology
PublisherWestminster John Knox Press
Publication DateApr 2023
Dimensions11 x 152 x 229mm
Weight0.204kg