The 7 Backstories of The Hebrew Bible

October 9, 2012 — Leave a comment

9780802837462Just recently, Eerdmans was gracious enough to send along Gregory Mobley’s The Return of The Chaos Monster – And Other Backstories of The Bible. I’ve had my eye on it for a while, and even just flipping through the introduction, I can already tell its going to be thought provoking (and probably deserving of a little criticism, but we’ll see).

To whet your appetite a bit for a future review, here’s the 7 backstories that Mobley proposes to undergird the biblical storyline (from pg. 1):

  • God has subdued the chaos, but just barely
  • God has given humans an instruction manual for life on planet Earth so they can partner with God in the management of chaos
  • God has enacted the tough love of moral cause and effect in order to reward fidelity to the instruction manual and to support management of the chaos
  • God enlists prophets to mediate this dynamic partnership upon which the health of creation depends
  • Through praise humans release energy that augments God’s management of the chaos, through lament humans report on the quality of God’s management of chaos
  • Here and there, humans catch glimpses of the divine design for chaos management; living according to these insights is another expression of the partnership
  • There are times when chaos gains the upper hand and humans in partnership with God can only hope that God is able, as in the beginning, to subdue chaos

Hopefully, you’re as intrigued as I am.

I like particularly the chaos motif as I’ve actually noticed that in my own life.

But that’s probably the topic of another post.

In the meantime, I’ll keep reading, and you keep an eye out for the full review and maybe some quotes in the interim.


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