Leviticus

Leviticus[PDF] ✪ Leviticus By Ephraim Radner – Heartforum.co.uk This volume, like each in the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible, is designed to serve the church through aid in preaching, teaching, study groups, and so forth and demonstrate the continuing This volume, like each in the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible, is designed to serve the church through aid in preaching, teaching, study groups, and so forth and demonstrate the continuing intellectual and practical viability of theological interpretation of the Bible.

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Leviticus Epub Ä Hardcover
  • Hardcover
  • 320 pages
  • Leviticus
  • Ephraim Radner
  • English
  • 02 October 2019
  • 1587430991

10 thoughts on “Leviticus

  1. William says:

    I ve been working my way through the Old Testament with the aid of various commentaries I anticipated that Leviticus would not be the most exciting book, but I hoped that a good commentary would provide historical context for the harder to understand passages and illuminate the interesting theological issues This was not that commentary.Each volume in the Brazos series is written by a different author, and I ve had mixed success with the previous two books R R Reno s Genesis had a lot of go I ve been working my way through the Old Testament with the aid of various commentaries I anticipated that Leviticus would not be the most exciting book, but I hoped that a good commentary would provide historical context for the harder to understand passages and illuminate the interesting theological issues This was not that commentary.Each volume in the Brazos series is written by a different author, and I ve had mixed success with the previous two books R R Reno s Genesis had a lot of good content, but I thought it could have used another round of editing to make it significantly shorter Thomas Joseph White s Exodus was fantastic and highly recommended.I had never heard of Ephraim Radner before picking this up, but from some googling, he seemed reasonably well respected I can t speak for his other writing, but I found his commentary on Leviticus unenlightening and mostly inscrutable.The first problem I encountered was simply parsing Radner s text He often uses long, elliptical sentences densely filled with parenthetical citations that interrupt the flow of words For example, I just opened the book to a page at random and found this 100 word sentence In the sequence of praise that begins Rabbah 11, this centering is used to explain the continuity of the world s history, which is the product of God s wisdom based on Prov 9 1 6, wherein wisdom is joined with a cosmic sacrifice upheld by Ezek 39 17 20 from creation to the temple to the giving of the Torah to final eschatological feast all is undergirded by the consecrated reality that attends Aaron s initiation into the priesthood, whereby the glory of God is joined to the earth in the form of Israel and extended in all directions temporally by the sacrifices themselves The second problem, which may also be evident from that quote, is that I frequently had no idea what Radner is talking about For example, the above sentence comes early in the commentary on Leviticus chapters 8 and 9 dealing with the ordination of Aaron and his sons As he so frequently does, Radner skips right past directly commenting on the basic text and toward making vague, grandiose proclamations the paragraph ends with The point here is simply, yet massively, that Aaron s time provides a vision of the whole creation s time as given by God These kind of wild statements abound in the commentary, and I was frequently clueless what to make of them I assume these are references to some sort of theological program outlined indetail in Radner s extensive scholarship, but none of it is explained here and most of it seems only tenuously connected to the Leviticus text actually being discussed.What I d like out of a commentary, particularly one on a book as tricky as Leviticus, is at least a foundational discussion of traditional Christian teaching Radner frequently makes gestures at some of that, but he almost never explains it before launching off into his own orbit He constantly cites to other work and to other portions of scripture with only a few words characterizing its content, often as a preface for presenting his own interpretations As a result, despite having read 300 pages of Radner, I don t feel that I have a good grasp of even the basics of the Christian view on most Levitical issues.For example, any modern reader will of course be interested in commentary on Leviticus s well known banning of homosexual behavior Radner brings up the ritual moral law type distinctions that have been central to Christian wrangling with Leviticus only to sweep them away in favor of his own confusing approach I will quote here, in full, a paragraph of his writing on that topic to illustrate Lev 18 constitutes an instrumental description of how the history of that communal life that grows with and follows God will and must unfold The prophetic character of its regulations represents the obedience of time to God s will here In this light, the highly charged discussion over the meaning of abomination as applied both to homosexual acts in particular and to the chapter s entire set of prohibited acts 18 22, 26, 29 30 can easily get bogged down on the question of its regulative specificity details in Gagnon 2001 117 21, but his discussion lapses into this quagmire Rather, we ought to see the abominable as including all that rebels against the shape of God s coming into and passage through the world And this rebellion is overwhelmed by the coming and passage of God This is the key God comes in this particular way, as described in Lev 18 And this is the nature of the injunctions figural weight the world is shaped by this coming This is the life that the laws provide 18 5 I consider myself a reasonably sophisticated reader, and I m willing to work with difficult texts But despite my best efforts, I was rarely able to extract insight from jumbles of words like the above.Radner doesn t help the problem with his almost total refusal to include any sort of organizational headings or subdivisions Each chapter is labeled simply with the verses of Leviticus to be discussed, and with only a few exceptions, they contain no further breaks In the most egregious example, I estimate that the chapter Leviticus 23 1 24 9 contains a huge chunk of 10,000 words with no subdivisions at all.Maybe someone withof a theological background will find this all very enlightening But it was a complete waste for me I persevered to the end mostly out of stubbornness, and also because I didn t find any other clearly great Leviticus commentaries I should switch to instead.I actually ended up finding Leviticus itself alright Sure, it is filled with a lot of boring and repetitive sacrificial rules But it makes for fairly quick reading, and as always, I enjoyed the commentary in Robert Alter s translation But my progress was definitely slowed by procrastinating reading the next chapter before I felt certain I could take another round of Radner

  2. Dan Scott says:

    This is the only commentary on Leviticus I ever read that made any sense It is worth the introduction The entire series is good.

  3. Todd Putney says:

    A good commentary to ponder on a difficult book of the bible.

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