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An Apocryphal God: Beyond Divine Maturity

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In Portraits of a Mature God, Mark McEntire traced the narrative development of the divine character in the Old Testament, placing the God portrayed at the end of that long story at the center of theological discussion. He showed that Israel’s understanding of God had developed into a complex, multipurpose being who could work within a new reality, a world that included a semiautonomous province of Yehud and a burgeoning Mesopotamian-Mediterranean world in which the Jewish people lived and moved in a growing diversity of ways. Now, McEntire continues that story beyond the narrative end of the Hebrew Bible as Israel and Israel’s God moved into the Hellenistic world. The narrative McEntire perceives in the apocryphal literature describes a God protecting and guiding the scattered and persecuted, a God responding to suffering in revolt, and a God disclosing mysteries, yet also hidden in the symbolism of dreams and visions. In this volume, McEntire provides a coherent and compelling account of theological perspectives in the apocryphal writings and beyond.

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  • Title: An Apocryphal God: Beyond Divine Maturity
  • Author: Mark Harold McEntire
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Print Publication Date: 2015
  • Logos Release Date: 2019
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Apocryphal books (O.T.) › Theology; God › Biblical teaching; Bible. O.T. Apocrypha › Criticism, interpretation, etc
  • ISBNs: 9781451470352, 9781451472387, 1451470355, 1451472382
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-09-30T01:42:11Z

Mark McEntire is professor of biblical studies at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. He held prior teaching positions in North Carolina and Ethiopia. He is the author of ten other books including Portraits of a Mature God, An Apocryphal God, A Chorus of Prophetic Voices, and The Old Testament Story. He has published articles in Review & Expositor, Perspectives in Religious Studies, Horizons in Biblical Theology, The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Theology, and numerous other journals and volumes of essays. He serves as Old Testament general editor for the Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary Supplemental Series.


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