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Abraham's silence : the binding of Isaac, the suffering of Job, and how to talk back to God / J. Richard Middleton.

Author/creator Middleton, J. Richard, 1955- author.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info Grand Rapids, Michigan : Baker Academic, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2021]
Descriptionxv, 256 pages : illustration ; 23 cm
Contents Introduction: Does Abraham's silence matter? --Part 1. Models of vigorous prayer in the Bible. Voice from the ragged edge -- God's loyal opposition -- Part 2. Making sense of the book of Job. The question of appropriate speech -- Does God come to bury Job or to praise him? -- Part 3. Unbinding the Aqedah from the straightjacket of tradition. Is it permissible to criticize Abraham or God? -- Reading rhetorical signals in the Aqedah and Job -- Did Abraham pass the test? -- Conclusion: The gritty spirituality of lament.
Abstract It is traditional to think we should praise Abraham for his willingness to sacrifice his son as proof of his love for God. But have we misread the point of the story? Is it possible that a careful reading of Genesis 22 could reveal that God was not pleased with Abraham's silent obedience? Widely respected biblical theologian, creative thinker, and public speaker J. Richard Middleton suggests we have misread and misapplied the story of the binding of Isaac and shows that God desires something other than silent obedience in difficult times. Middleton focuses on the ethical and theological problem of Abraham's silence and explores the rich biblical tradition of vigorous prayer, including the lament psalms, as a resource for faith. Middleton also examines the book of Job in terms of God validating Job's lament as "right speech," showing how the vocal Job provides an alternative to the silent Abraham. This book provides a fresh interpretation of Genesis 22 and reinforces the church's resurgent interest in lament as an appropriate response to God.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references and indexes.
Issued in other formebook version : 9781493430888
Genre/formCriticism, interpretation, etc.
LCCN 2021017455
ISBN9780801098017 paperback
ISBN0801098017 paperback
ISBN9781540964328 hardcover
ISBN1540964329 hardcover
ISBNelectronic book

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