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Title: Severe Mercy: Sin and Its Remedy in the Old Testament
Author: Boda, Mark J
Publisher: Eisenbrauns; Publication Date: 2009
Hardcover; ISBN: 9781575061641
Volumes: 1; Pages: x, 622
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The biblical-theological approach in this work is canonical-thematic, tracing the presentation of the theology of sin and its remedy in the canonical form and shape of the Old Testament. This theme has been chosen because it is an area of interest to the author, but most would agree that it is also a major feature in the textual world of the Old Testament. The hermeneutical foundations for this enterprise have been laid by others in past decades. Key is the groundbreaking work of Brevard Childs. But A Severe Mercy also reflects recent approaches to integrating biblical understanding with other methodologies in addition to Childs's. Thus, it enters the imaginative space of the ancient canon of the Old Testament in order to highlight the "word views" and "literary shapes" of the "texts taken individually and as a whole collection." For the literary shape of the individual texts, it places the "word views" of the dominant expressions and various passages in the larger context of the biblical books in which they are found. For the literary shape of the texts as a collection, it identifies key subthemes and traces their development through the Old Testament canon. Throughout the work, Boda avoids academic debate, placing most discussion of this sort in footnotes, and instead seeks to bring forward the results of his own imaginative theological experience in the Old Testament.