THEOLOGY OF THE OLD TESTAMENT (Volume 1)(Old Testament Library) by Walter Eichrodt ($49.95)*


This book is the first volume of the monumental work that has come to be regarded as a theological classic, a landmark in Old Testament studies.

Table of Contents

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From the Preface to the First Edition11
Preface to the Fifth Revised Edition13
Preface to the English Edition17
Translator's Preface23
I.Old Testament Theology: The Problem and the Method25
II.The Covenant Relationship36
1.The meaning of the covenant concept36
2.The history of the covenant concept45
IThe jeopardizing of the Yahweh covenant45
IIThe re-fashioning of the covenant concept49
III.The Covenant Statutes70
A.The Secular Law74
1.Its distinctive character74
2.Some crucial phases in the development of the law83
IV.The Covenant Statutes (continued)98
B.The Cultus98
1.The significance of the cultus for religion in general98
2.The significance of the cultus in the religion of Israel101
ISacred sites102
IISacred objects107
IIISacred seasons119
IVSacred actions133
(a)Consecration and purity rites133
(b)Sacrificial worship141
V.The Name of the Covenant God178
1.General semitic designations of God178
2.Specifically Israelite designations of God187
3.Epithets of Yahweh194
VI.The Nature of the Covenant God206
A.Affirmations About The Divine Being206
1.God as personal206
2.God as spiritual210
3.God as one220
VII.The Nature of the Covenant God (continued)228
B.Affirmations About The Divine Activity228
1.The power of God228
2.The lovingkindness of God (hesed Yahweh)232
3.The righteousness of God239
4.The love of God250
5.The wrath of God258
6.The holiness of God270
7.The relation of the Old Testament picture of God to the moral norm282
VIII.The Instruments of the Covenant289
A.The Charismatic Leaders289
1.The founder of the religion289
2.The seers293
3.The Nazirites306
4.The judges306
IThe basic characteristics of the phenomenon309
(a)The phenomenon of group ecstasy309
(b)The general religious character of the phenomenon313
(c)The effects of spirit-possession319
IIThe theological significance of nabism318
IIIThe degeneration of nabism332
6.Classical prophecy338
ILinks with nabism339
IIThe distinctive character of classical prophecy341
IIIThe religious structure of classical prophecy345
(a)The new experience of the divine reality345
(b)The working out of the experience of God in the prophetic system of thought353
([alpha])The new sense of the unity of life353
([beta])The divine-human relationship transferred to the individual level356
([gama])The prophetic critique of daily life360
([delta])The prophetic attitude to the cultus364
([varepsilon])The prophetic attitude to the national religion369
(1)Common presuppositions369
(2)The prophetic re-shaping of the national religion371
([zeta])Sin and judgment374
([eta])The prophetic conception of history381
IX.The Instruments of the Covenant (continued)392
B.The Official Leaders392
1.The priests392
IThe formation of the priesthood in the history of Israel392
IIThe religious structure of the priesthood402
(b)The distinctive character of the priestly conception of God406
(c)The relations between God and the world410
(d)The place of man in the world415
([alpha])Human right conduct415
([beta])Cultic activity419
([gama])Human existence in time (history and eschatology)424
2.The king436
IThe origin of the monarchy438
IIThe ambivalent assessment of the monarchy in the sources441
IIIThe monarchy as a religious office in the history of the covenant people442
IVThe religious effects of the monarchy452
X.Covenant-Breaking and Judgment457
I.Judgment as a guarantee and restoration of the covenant457
IThe possibility of annulment457
IIA new evaluation of God's covenant458
IIIThe hope of the overthrow and punishment of Israel's enemies459
IVForeign influences461
VAn execution of Yahweh's righteous judgment461
2.Judgment as abrogation of the covenant462
IThe transformation of the limited vision of the future462
IIThe change in the character of the expectation of doom464
IIIIndividual retribution467
3.Individualist and universalist elements in the expectation of judgment467
XI.Fulfilling the Covenant: The Consummation of God's Dominion472
1.The principal forms of the Old Testament hope of salvation473
2.The importance of the hope of salvation for the doctrine of God490
IThe entry of God into history490
IIThe supramundane character of the messianic kingdom491
IIIThe solution of the pressing problems of religion492
3.The origins of the Old Testament hope of salvation494
IMythical elements494
IIIts cultic derivation497
IIIIts nationalist origin498
IVIts religous core499
4.Prediction and fulfilment501
IThe various attempts at a solution502
IIThe double relationship of prediction and fulfilment508
Excursus: The Problem of Old Testament Theology512
Index of subjects521
Index of modern authors530
Index of biblical passages