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The Return of the Chaos Monsters—and Other Backstories of the Bible
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The Return of the Chaos Monsters—and Other Backstories of the Bible

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Eerdmans 2012

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Overview

In The Return of the Chaos Monsters—and Other Backstories of the Bible, Gregory Mobley plunges beneath the Bible’s surface to reveal its “backstories”—the tales that constitute the backbone of the people of Israel and of the body of Christ. Viewing the Bible as “essentially, relentlessly story,” Mobley provides an easy-to-understand seven-part thematic overview of the Bible that guides readers through the drama of the Hebrew Bible, highlighting the interconnectedness of biblical stories. Each story is a variation on a single theme—the dynamic interplay between order and chaos.

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Key Features

  • Reveals the tales that constitute the backbone of the people of Israel and of the body of Christ
  • Provides an easy-to-understand seven-part thematic overview of the Bible
  • Highlights the interconnectedness of biblical stories

Contents

  • The Return of the Chaos Monsters: The Backstory of Creation
  • It’s Love ThatMakes the World Go ’Round: The Backstory of Torah
  • Poetic Justice: The Backstory of the Former Prophets
  • Anger Management: The Backstory of the Latter Prophets
  • God Needs Us: The Backstory of the Psalms
  • The Blueprint: The Backstory of Wisdom
  • Conspiracy Theory: The Backstory of Apocalyptic
  • Windows

Praise for the Print Edition

In lively prose Greg Mobley combines the work of teacher and preacher, scholar and poet to explore the dominant story line undergirding the Bible. His passion for the subject guides the reader into mystery and mayhem, law and love, nature and nourishment. A book worthy of the informed faith it espouses.

Phyllis Trible, university professor, School of Divinity, Wake Forest University

Mobley has written a thick narrative account of Israel’s thick narrative. He does so with freedom and imagination while remaining faithful to the plotline of the old narrative. His book defies genre classification; it is part introduction, part theology, but mostly a playful tease that invites the reader into the indeterminate wisdom of the biblical text. Mobley’s shrewd reflection on ‘God’s anger’ is itself well worth the price of the book. But there is much more here that invites fresh thinking about texts we thought we already knew. This welcome and suggestive probe of biblical imagination ranges all the way from the stories of the ancient Near East to quite personal narrative memories.

Walter Brueggemann, William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament Emeritus, Columbia Theological Seminary

The Bible was composed by storytellers, and, nearly alone among commentators, Mobley brings the Bible’s narrative world, often an oral narrative world, to life.

—Lawrence M. Wills, Ethelbert Talbot Professor of Biblical Studies, Episcopal Divinity School

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About Gregory Mobley

Gregory Mobley is professor of Christian Bible at Andover Newton Theological School and was a recipient of the Society of Biblical Literature’s Regional Scholar award. An ordained American Baptist minister, he is active in promoting Jewish-Christian relations in the Boston area. His other books include The Empty Men: The Heroic Tradition of Ancient Israel.