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GOLDINGAY REVEALS THE GOSPEL


OF THE OLD TESTAMENT
IN THIS ISSUE

THE GARDEN OF SPIRITUALITY MIDDLE EASTERN IMMERSION WITH

KENNETH E. BAILEY A NEW APPROACH TO CHURCH STRUCTURES


JOHN MICHAEL TALBOTS MUSICAL MEDITATION

THE ORIGIN OF THE GOOD NEWS

Do we need the Old Testament? Thats a familiar


question, often asked. But as an Old Testament
scholar, John Goldingay turns that question on
its head: Do we need the New Testament?
Whats new about the New Testament? After
all, the Old Testament was the only Bible Jesus
and the disciples knew. Jesus affirmed it as the
Word of God. Do we need anything more? And
what happens when we begin to look at the First
Testament not as a deficient old work in need
of a christological makeover, but as a rich and
splendid revelation of Gods faithfulness to Israel
and the world?

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In this cheerfully provocative yet probingly


serious book, John Goldingay sets the question
and views it from a variety of angles. Under his
expert hand, each facet unfolds the surprising
richness of the Old Testament and challenges us
to recalibrate our perspective on it.

John Goldingay (PhD, University of Nottingham) is David Allan


Hubbard Professor of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary.
His books include The Theology of the Book of Isaiah, Key Questions About Biblical
Interpretation, the seventeen-volume Old Testament For Everyone series and
commentaries on Psalms, Isaiah and Daniel. He also serves as an associate
pastor at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California.

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PRAISE FOR DO WE NEED


THE NEW TESTAMENT?

AN EXCERPT

A fresh, accessible and at times provocative


explanation of the enduring relevance of the Old
(First) Testament for Christians. It will challenge
readers to embrace the first seventy percent of the canon
as truly Christian Scripture.
Mark J. Boda, McMaster Divinity College,
Ontario, Canada

Goldingay turns our modern thinking on its head


and exposes the weaknesses in the way contemporary
Christians understand the Old Testamentand the
New. With thought-provoking ideas on every page,
this book will help readers look at the Old and New
Testaments in new and exciting ways.
Nathan MacDonald, St. Johns College,
University of Cambridge

Reflecting on new perspectives on the life of Jesus,


issues of Psalm 137, the role of church and state
and their ethics, and the hermeneutics of theological
interpretation, the reader will enjoy the questioning
and provocative mind of John Goldingay as he takes
up his laptop to challenge much of todays conventional
Christian wisdom.
Richard S. Hess, Denver Seminary

So is the First Testament story complete


on its own? The New Testament story
does add to the First Testament story,
but so do other Jewish writings from
the Greek and Roman periods such as
1 Maccabees. The movie The Bourne Legacy
added to the earlier Bourne movies, but this
fact does not signify that the earlier movies
needed a fourth in the sequence. . . .
The First Testament story is not merely
the history of our distant spiritual ancestors, a history of a period so different
from ours that it hardly relates to our life
now that the end of the ages has come.
It is the history of a people like us in a
position not so different from ours. Our
pretense that things are otherwise puts us
into potentially fatal jeopardy.

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TOHOLY
LEAVEGROUND
THE CIRCUS?
MAPPING

This is a book written specifically for those of us


who are assigned the task of developing an imagination for living the Christian faith with insight
and skill in and for a society that is disconnected
from the biblical revelation and the Jesus incarnation, Eugene Peterson writes in the foreword. But
it is equally useful for all of us who are committed
to following Jesus with our families and coworkers
and neighbors.

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Sociology professor and spiritual director Susan


Phillips walks us through the circus of our cultural landscape to invite us into a cultivated life of
spirituality. We want to be rooted and grounded
in Christ, but are pushed toward constant work,
alternating between performance and spectacle.
Cultivation requires a kind of attentiveness that is
countercultural to our age of distraction. These
pages unfold the spiritual practices that can lead us
into a new and delightful way of living.

Susan S. Phillips (PhD, University of California, Berkeley) is executive


director and professor of sociology and Christianity at New College
Berkeley. She is a sociologist, retreat leader, lecturer and trained spiritual
director who also serves as a consultant for Christian organizations.
Phillips has authored books such as The Crisis of Care and Candlelight:
Illuminating the Art of Spiritual Direction.

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FROM THE INTRODUCTION

PRAISE FOR THE CULTIVATED LIFE

We are being cultivated in ways beyond our


awareness and choosing. However, this is
not a garden-like cultivation conducive to
spiritual growth, but rather the cultivation
of a dystopian circus milieu in which a few
are high-wire performers and most are spectators.

Susan Phillips can write this book because she lives


it. . . . This book is a deep and magnanimous invitation to live in such a way that the flourishing for
which we are made can become our experience. Let
the grounded welcome she extends and encourages lead
us through the circus towards life itself.
Mark Labberton, president of Fuller
Theological Seminary

Consider how you are being cultivated.


What occupies the hours of your days?
Whats trending on the media you ingest?
With whom do you spend your time, in
person and on devices, by choice or not?
Human beings are sensitive, impressionable
creatures. Babies cry when they hear another
baby crying; adults yawn contagiously. Our
desires, too, are shaped by other peoples
desires, possessions and opinions, be those
people the Joneses next door or persons in
the media. Where we live shapes our opinions on public issues, and increasingly we
live in a cyberspace broadcast neighborhood.

Cultivation implies habits and discipline, and Susan


winsomely invites us into new patterns of living. A
garden implies lush green leaves and fruitful bounty,
and Susan guides our paths into joy and rest. Come
into the garden with Jesus and journey into abundant life.
Lynne M. Baab, author of The Power of
Listening and Sabbath Keeping
Thank you, Susan, for giving us a glimpse of
wholeness by offering gifts of spiritual direction
through your writing.
Jeannette A. Bakke, author of Holy
Invitations

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