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The religion of Israel

Author: Henricus Renckens
Publisher: New York : Sheed and Ward, 1966.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Henricus Renckens
OCLC Number: 393107
Notes: "Originally published as De Godsdienst van Israel"--Title page verso.
Description: xii, 370 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: I. The Mystery of Israel --
1. the dilemma: problem or mystery --
2. the mystery: both concealed and revealed in the course of Israel's history --
3. the application of the dilemma to Israel --
monotheism --
messianism --
historiography --
4. the connection between the mystery and religiosity and religions --
5. the capacity for an assimilation of the mystery by means of transformation and purification --
6. an example: the new consciousness of God in search of a concept of God --
7. the mystery as the creative factor in religion and in God's people --
8. Holy Scriptures as an attendant phenomenon and an essential and integral part of the mystery --
9. the religion of Israel: definition, classification, and its value as a sign --
II. The Patriarchs of Israel --
1. the distinctively historical character of the patriarchal account --
2. the situation of the patriarchs --
3. the God of the patriarchs --
4. the father of faith --
5. the promise --
6. religious practices --
7. strange, yet spiritually related III. The God of Israel --
1. God "from the land of Egypt" --
2. the idea of names in the ancient Near East --
3. the biblical ethymology of the name Yahweh --
4. not and exclusive sense of God's nearness --
5. a full consciousness also of God's nearness --
6. "Why does thou ask me my name?" --
7. the meaning of divine "being" in the Bible --
8. Israel's feeling foe God's "being" expressed in the name --
9. "I am who I am" --
IV. The Worship of Israel --
1. the character of the biblical data --
2. the sanctuary and its arrangement --
3. priests and Levites --
Levites and the sons of Levi --
the Levitical priest --
the Levite as a non-priest --
explanatory accounts --
4. the sacrificial service and its conditions --
readiness to sacrifice --
types of offering --
clean and unclean --
5. Israel's calendar of feasts --
the new moon and the Sabbath --
6. Israel as a worshiping community --
the priestly people --
the people of Yahweh's possession --
the people of the covenant V. The King of Israel --
1. the nature of the biblical data --
2. the rise of Hebrew "amphictyony" --
3. the sedentary state community --
4. the new pattern of civilization --
5. sedentary religion --
6. the acceptance by Yahwism of the monarchy --
7. the monarchy as a disruptive factor --
the northern kingdom of Israel and Samaria --
the southern kingdom of Judah and Jerusalem --
8. the mutual estrangement of the community of believers and the state community --
VI. The prophets of Israel --
1. the forms in which prophetism appeared --
2. the function of prophetism --
3. the development of prophetism --
4. the factual task of the classic prophets --
5. prophetic themes --
6. the theme of disaster --
7. Israel's disaster seen as a purification --
8. the theme of the remnant --
9. the transition from disaster to salvation and from the old order to the new --
10. the prophetic themes of salvation --
11. the nature of the new salvation --
VII. The Remnant of Israel --
1. Judaism --
2. the former southern kingdom --
3. the exiles --
4. new emphases --
5. the new sense of God --
6. the second temple --
7. the Babylonian orthodoxy --
Nehemiah the governor --
Ezra the scribe --
8. the great gap --
the Samaritan schism --
Scriptures and its interpretation --
the diaspora, the Elephantine colony, and the Septuagint --
9. Judaism as a figure of authentic faith.
Other Titles: Godsdienst van Israel.
Responsibility: by Henry Renckens ; translated by N.B. Smith.

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