Loyalty or Lovingkindness?
Introduction and OverviewOf Views on
Nelson Glueck’s study of the word
, which first appeared when his doctoraldissertation was published in the summer of 1927 (in German I might add),
became a “landmark in the study of the history of ideas of the Bible.”
His work was published again in 1961 andlater republished in English (by Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati) in 1967. Dr. Glueck arguedthat
carried the idea of covenant love or loyalty.The chapter by Gerald A. Laure gives a history of different scholars and their writings onthe subject of
since the year Glueck’s work first appeared. He summarizes the works of
some 21 different Old Testament scholars from various backgrounds for the next forty years(beginning with Lofthouse in 1933 and concluding with E.M. Good and his article on Love in the
Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible
series from 1962).
While most agreed with Glueck’s
conclusions, some disagreed with his loyalty concept.An even more recent work is an online publication by John Meade who examines thecontrasting views between Francis Anderson and that of Glueck.
He covers more recent
Hesed in the Bible,
Trans. By Alfred Gottschalk, Introduction by Gerald A. Laure, Editedby Elias L. Epstein. (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2011), ix.
O.T. Hesed in the N.T.
Online Publication, Summer 2006. Accessed June 2012.