1 Timothy 2:4 says that “God our Savior desires everyone to be saved.” Does God get what God wants? According to author Arch B. Taylor Jr., answers to that question depend on how we read the Bible. In God for All, Taylor’s answer is that the Bible is universal: one God is the sovereign creator of everything—especially humanity, the partner God designed to manage creation.
Humans exploited our semidivine status, becoming alienated, and so God chose Israelites/Jews for blessing and the task of reconciling humanity. They exploited chosenness, so God sent Jesus to reveal God’s gracious concern for all people. Therefore, all who experience reconciliation share Jesus’s partnership with God. Taylor analyzes Bible passages from creation through the Gospels arguing to support his thesis—“We toil and struggle, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe” (1 Tim 4:10).
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- Provides material well suited for those interested in different ways of approaching Bible text
- Focuses on the idea of universal grace—that God is savior of all
- Provides a complete survey of the Bible done by the author interwoven with personal experience
- My Spiritual Pilgrimage
- The Beginnings of Monotheism
- Part One: The Universal Matrix
- God and the Creation of Humanity
- The Creator and Humans in Relationship
- Biblical Creation, Evolution, and Brain Science
- The Spread of Population and Sin
- The Covenant with Abram
- Part Two: Abraham to the Settlement of Canaan
- Children of Abraham—Exclusion and Assimilation
- Moses, the Name, and the Exodus
- Moses and the Sinai Covenant
- Covenant as Gift and Obligation
- From Sinai to Canaan
- The Conquest and Settlement of Canaan
- Part Three: The Monarchy from Beginning to End
- Like Other Nations: David’s Monarchy
- Like Other Nations: Solomon’s Shadows
- The People of YHWH Like Other Nations
- The Covenant as Family Relationship
- The Prophets and the End of the State
- Part Four: From Exile to the Time of Jesus
- Exile: Re-Imagining God and Humanity
- Return, Rebuild, Retrench
- Roman Palestine in the Time of Jesus
- Part Five: Jesus of Nazareth
- Introduction to Jesus and the Gospels
- The Call of Jesus
- Jesus’ Ministry as Healer and Exorcist
- Jesus and the Oneness of God
- Jesus Challenges the Domination System
- Who Did Jesus Say He Was?
- Part Six: Paul, Apostle to the Gentiles
- In Quest of Saul/Paul
- The Death of Saul and Birth of Paul
- Paul’s New Understanding of God
- Universal Grace in Romans
- Paul and the Oneness of God
- Part Seven: After Jesus and Paul
- The Jesus Movement’s Breakout
- Jesus of Nazareth in God’s Plan
- Humanity in God’s Plan—1
- Humanity in God’s Plan—2
Praise for the Print Edition
God for All interweaves a complete survey of the entire Christian Bible with the author’s personal and denominational pilgrimage. It interprets that Christian Bible—positively, powerfully, and persuasively—with a vision both Christian in its particularity and ecumenical in its universality. Read this book because it offers a profound basis for dialogue between religions. Read this book because it challenges every religion to imagine a God that is for all of the world and for all of the world’s peoples.
—John Dominic Crossan, retired professor of comparative religion, DePaul University
This book is a sustained assertion that the God of the Bible is savior of all. The argument is made more poignant because it is filtered candidly through the personal journey of the author to a more inclusive gospel. Readers who are situated in scholastic traditions of theology will find this a welcome invitation to a more gracious God and to a fuller declaration of the good news.
—Walter Brueggemann, professor of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary
About Arch B. Taylor Jr.
Arch B. Taylor Jr. is an ordained Presbyterian minister who served for over 30 in Japan and taught Bible at Shikoku Gakuin University.