"Israel & Revelation" is the 1st volume of Eric Voegelin's 5 volume magnum opus "Order & History". The main theme of this book is how Israel with its Revelation & Covenant with God created a new order of Transcendent-Divine reality which was radically different than the Cosmological Order of the Ancient Near East that came before it.
The Chapter Headings are as follows:
1. The Cosmological Order of the Ancient Near East
2. The Historical Order of Israel
3. History & the Trail of Symbols
4. Moses & the Prophets
The book also comes with a Biblical Reference, Modern Author, & Subject & Names Indexes.
The book starts out great with the order & meaning of the Ancient Near East civilizations of Mesopotamia, Achaemenian Empire, & Egypt. How religious myth & political power were interwoven to create a social order from chaos. After this most of the book flows from one topic to another but at times certain paragraphs seem to repeat themselves specially in the sections of Old Testament Science. Here a normal history lover may get bogged down with different schools of thought on how to interpret history from the Old Testament. Yes, I read books on the Philosophy of History & Higher Criticism, but somehow I found certain sections of this chapter too tedious. Eric Voegelin tries to join 3 schools of historical scripture interpretation which read like tearing the scriptures apart & then putting them back together again. How do we know that the scriptures can be torn & paste in this matter? We were not alive when supposedly Moses or whoever wrote the Pentateuch. In other words, how do we know when a methodology is correct & can reveal more meaning? As that chapter ends, Eric Voegelin finally admits that 19th century textural criticisms did a lot of damage to the understanding of the Old Testament.
I bought an used hard back book for a great price which came from a High School Library. The book was checked out 5 times & is still in great shape. I find it rather puzzling because this book was written at an University level.
A rating of "5" for price & delivery of an ex library book in good shape but a rating of "4" is given for some tough reading that leads nowhere in certain sections.
- Capa comum: 560 páginas
- Editora: Forgotten Books (14 de novembro de 2018)
- Idioma: Inglês
- ISBN-10: 9780282558932
- ISBN-13: 978-0282558932
- ASIN: 0282558934
- Dimensões do produto: 15,2 x 2,9 x 22,9 cm
- Peso de envio: 762 g
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