With lucid insights on every page, After God’s Own Heart examines the life of David, showing how the Old Testament king relates to anointing, covenant, the temple, and sin. Ultimately, however, the author shows how David pictures the Messiah to come. This volume in the Gospel According to the Old Testament series includes questions for individual or group study.
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“Therefore, God’s problem with kingship in 1 Samuel is not with the royal office per se, but rather with the Israelite conception of kingship, especially their intention to switch their reliance and allegiance from divine to human king.” (Page 15)
“The goal of this book, however, is to offer you a theological portrait of the David of the Bible, rooted in his historical context and relevant to our contemporary context, expressed as a theological witness to God and his redemptive purposes in our world.” (Page 2)
“As we encounter David in the Old Testament we need to see him as a type of the coming Messiah; the role he fills within Israel reveals the role that his messianic descendant would fulfill. On one level this is truly redemptive-historical, that is, David’s role can be fulfilled only by the Christ in a unique and singular way. However, the New Testament also suggests that in and through this Christ we as a community enter into the Davidic covenant and in some way also fulfill the function of David.” (Pages 4–5)
“These statements by the people and prophet reveal the perception of kingship in the minds of the people. Human kingship was linked to war. Tired of their vulnerability among the nations, the people wanted to experience the military security that a human king with his standing army could bring.” (Page 7)
“The divinely sanctioned royal will not be a figure, as in other nations, with the towering stature of a warrior-king, but rather one whose heart is attuned to the priorities of God.” (Page 34)
After God’s Own Heart is an excellent contribution to an important series on the biblical theology of the Old Testament. As Mark Boda shows in this useful and accessible book, the house of David is central to the Bible’s message of salvation. Using a thematic approach that is well informed by careful scholarship, Boda explores David’s many connections to Christ and to the church as the covenant community of David’s Son.
—Philip Graham Ryken, pastor, Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia
Mark joined the College in 2003 after teaching for nine years at what is now Ambrose University College/Seminary. He has authored six books, edited eight volumes of collected essays, and written over 50 articles on various topics related to the Old Testament and Christian Theology. Key areas of interest include Old Testament Theology, prayer and penitence in Old Testament and Christian Theology, Babylonian and Persian Period Hebrew Books and History (Jeremiah, Lamentations, Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi), the Book of the Twelve (Minor Prophets) and Judges. Mark enjoys mentoring students and teaches with enthusiasm about the Old Testament and its continued relevance to the Christian life today.