Moses by Gerhard Von Rad

By Gerhard Von Rad

During this new version of Gerhard von Rad's vintage paintings at the Moses traditions, the reader is supplied with a extra polished textual content, cross-references to von Rad's different works, an up-to-date bibliography, Scripture index, and a brand new foreword by way of Walter Brueggemann. A German Lutheran pastor, college professor and a prolific outdated testomony student, Gerhard von Rad sought a revival of previous testomony appreciation from a readership disheartened by way of international wars. Hanson brings this significant paintings to the current iteration within the hopes of frightening an identical response.

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From time to time cases arose which were too difficult to be decided by the elders in the gate. For these, too, provision was made: If a judicial decision is too difficult for you to make between one kind of bloodshed and another, one kind of legal right and another, or one kind of assault and another—any such matters of dispute in your towns—then you shall immediately go up to the place that Yahweh your God will choose, where you shall consult with the levitical priests and the judge who is in office in those days; they shall announce to you the decision in the case.

For His Name’s Sake We must not lose sight of the fact that the people of the old covenant did in fact learn a name for God, the holy name Yahweh, and that they accepted this name as being in itself the guarantee of that revelation of deliverance that God had been pleased to give them. So this name was very far from being just a name that a man can learn and then there is no more to it. No, this name stood for and summed up the gift of the whole gracious will of God for his people. In consequence, the constant calling on the name of God—as for instance in the Psalms—is anything but a meaningless liturgical flower of speech: he restores my soul.

But again and again, in the course of its history, people of God and prophets had stood before Israel in the way, and had challenged them to take their stand firmly on the side of God. As far back as the time of Joshua, we find Joshua presenting this challenge at the great assembly of the people at Shechem: Now therefore revere Yahweh, and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness; put away the gods that your ancestors served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve Yahweh. Now if you are unwilling to serve Yahweh, choose this day whom you will serve .

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