Academic journal article Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

To Begin with, God Created.: Biblical Theologies of Creation

Academic journal article Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

To Begin with, God Created.: Biblical Theologies of Creation

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To Begin with, God Created.. . : Biblical Theologies of Creation. By Karl Loning and Erich Zenger. Translated by Omar Kaste. Collegeville: Liturgical, 2000, x + 200 pp., $39.95 paper.

To Begin with, God Created ... is a collection of essays that originated as a series of lectures presented at the Catholic Faculty of Theology in Munster. These essays seek (1) to demonstrate that the message of the Bible is significantly more influenced by the theology of creation than many would suppose and (2) to draw out the relevance of creation theology for the Church today. A subtheme in the book is that creation theology and salvation theology belong together.

As the subtitle indicates, a variety of creation theologies come to expression in the Bible. Zenger, professor of OT, and Loning, professor of NT, blend their areas of expertise for the purpose of bringing the two testaments into dialogue so that "the single basic message would become audible" (p. vii).

The essays are divided into four sections: I. Ideas About the Beginning of Creation; II. Personification of the Creative Beginning; III. The World as the Creation of a Merciful God; and IV. Creation, Torah, and God's Rule (Psalm 19). There are fifteen essays in total. Included are topics such as the interplay of chaos and cosmos, the eschatology of creation, Lady Wisdom, Logos, the flood story, the relation of the creation of the world to the creation of Israel, creation and the wisdom of Jesus, and the role of the Spirit in the realization of God's creation purpose. …

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