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God of the Living
A Biblical Theology
By Reinhard Feldmeier and Hermann Spieckermann Translated by Mark E. Biddle
In God of the Living, noted biblical scholars Reinhard Feldmeier and Hermann Spieckermann provide a comprehensive theology of the God of the Christian Bible. A remarkable achievement, God of the Living joins together the very best of Old and New Testament scholarship to craft a comprehensive biblical theology. Feldmeier and Spieckermann wrestle with the whole of scripture to give a definitive and decisive voice to the church's central mission—bearing witness to the living God.
Both historical and systematic, God of the Living explores God's multifaceted, complex, and sometimes contradictory character presented in the scriptures. Yet, whether in wrath or reconciliation, judgment or justification, suffering or salvation, God has given and shares divine life in the person of Jesus Christ. Thus, Feldmeier and Spieckermann uncover God's profound affirmation of human life, as the God of the living—the God of the Bible—finds fulfillment in relation to the living partners of his own creation.
Introduction: The Endeavor
Part I: Foundation
1. The Name and the Names
2. From Lord God to Father God
3. The One as the Creator of Oneness
4. The Loving One
5. The Almighty
6. Spirit and Presence
Part II: Development
7. Word and Creation
8. Blessing and Praise
9. Justice and Justification
10. Forgiveness and Reconciliation
11. Hiddenness and Wrath
12. Suffering and Lament
13. Transience and Death
14. Eternity and Time
15. Commandment and Prayer
16. Covenant and Promise
17. Salvation and Judgment
18. Hope and Comfort
Part III: Conclusion
God of the Living
"The straightforward title of this volume directly communicates what the subject matter is, but it cannot convey its extraordinary character. Feldmeier and Spieckermann, specialists in New and Old Testament respectively, together undertake an exploration of the nature and character of God that ranges across the canon. The result is no mere catalogue of texts and themes but a bold and often beautiful exposition of the God who lives and who brings life into being."
—Beverly Roberts Gaventa, The Christian Century (October 2, 2012)
"[God of the Living] will encourage teachers and students, in academy and church, to formulate a holistic biblical theology of their own, and will provide resources for doing so. Baylor University Press, and the translator Mark E. Biddle, are to be commended for making the book available in English almost immediately on publication of the German volume."
—M. Eugene Boring, Brite Divinity School TCU, Review of Biblical Literature (05/2013)
"Here are two masters of the biblical text who offer a fresh, thick probing of the character of God in the Bible. Their daring capacity to move between the Testaments overcomes the 'radical monotheism of the Second Person' in the New Testament. God of the Living is a major contribution to the on-going work of theological interpretation."
—Walter Brueggemann, Professor Emeritus of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary
"Feldmeier and Spieckermann have given new life to the venerable but frequently questioned discipline of biblical theology. Their work shines with the spirit of collaboration as they navigate the diversity of scripture—both its tensions and its testimonies—in a way that is compelling and transformative. God of the Living will be a standard reference for many years to come."
—William P. Brown, Professor of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary
"An impressive work…representing the greatest minds in Biblical Theology does more than present God as they leaf through the pages of the Bible but they also take the historical matters contained within the text and bring them to light for the reader."
—Don Haflich, The Reformed Register
"God of the Living is a profound volume, worthy of careful study."
—Michael Chan, Luther Seminary, Word & World
“… a hefty, worthwhile contribution by two colleagues teaching Old and New Testament.”
—Holger Szesnat, Pacific Theological College, Theological Book Review (24:2)
"One of the most intellectually invigorating works of biblical scholarship I have read in years. Coherence in presentation of the biblical understanding of God requires a degree of erudition and courage that few scholars but Feldmeier and Spieckermann could muster. God of the Living is an indispensable resource and stimulus for study."
—C. Clifton Black, Otto A. Piper Professor of Biblical Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary
"Two leading scholars have joined forces to produce a remarkable, original synthesis on the conception of God as it appears in the Christian Bible. Feldmeier and Spieckermann provide much food for thought in this rich and powerful book."
—Guy Stroumsa, Martin Buber Professor of Comparative Religion, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
“[Feldmeier and Spieckermann] present a co-written volume on God from an Old Testament and a New Testament perspective – much to be applauded in these days of over-specialization. The weighty resulting volume is a strong statement of a largely traditional way of conceptualizing ‘biblical theology’: the presentation of [a consistent] picture of God across the canon.”
— Richard S. Briggs, St John’s College, Modern Believing (55:4)
"Critically informed, exhaustive in treatment, integrative in conception, this volume makes a rare contribution: a scholarly presentation of images of God in both the OT and the NT."
—Mark W. Hamilton, Abilene Christian University, Restoration Quarterly
Reinhard Feldmeier is Professor of New Testament at the Georg-August-University of Göttingen and the author of several books, including The First Letter of Peter: A Commentary on the Greek Text.
Hermann Spieckermann is Professor of Old Testament at the Georg-August-University of Göttingen. The author of several books, he is also the co-editor of the Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (EBR).