God’s Holy People focuses on the character of Israel, and examines the relationship between Israel and the nations as a framework for understanding Christian mission. God mandates holiness for Israel—Israel must be different from other peoples, because Israel belongs to Yahweh. Yet what does it mean to be a holy nation and a priestly kingdom? This book addresses two questions: What does holiness mean, and what to the dynamics of holiness in Scripture say about reading Scripture? Holiness, according to Jo Bailey Wells, focuses on faithful adherence to God’s covenant in all aspects of worship and life.
. . . A useful analysis of a familiar biblical theme that is not often studied. . . . I recommend to scholars and students.
—Catholic Biblical Quarterly
Bailey Wells is to be commended for the careful, fresh and hermeneutically alert approach to this familiar biblical theme.
—Biblical Interpretation: A Journal of Contemporary Approaches
Jo Bailey Wells is Professor of Old Testament and the director of Anglican Studies at Duke Divinity School.