Primeval Saints: Studies in the Patriarchs of Genesis

Primeval Saints: Studies in the Patriarchs of GenesisJames Jordan Reveals The Fascinating Weave Of Lives That Bind Together The Heroes And Villains Of Genesis Progressively, These Lives Image And Reverse One Another In An Ascending Narrative Of Action, A Narrative All Too Commonly Broken Apart And Missed These Heroes Of The City Of God Adam, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, And Others Come To Flesh And Blood In Ways That Undo Our Normal Assumptions In Stark Contrast To The Selfish Heroism Of Pagan Literature, The Heroism Of Genesis Triumphs By Breaking All The Standard Rules Jordan Inverts So Many Of The Traditional Negative Judgments Against These Patriarchs Alleged Weaknesses And Sins Of Deception, Struggle, And Tyranny That They Stand Forth As Heroes Rather Than Scoundrels And Yet This Book Is Not Just About The Heroes Of Genesis Throughout, Jordan Draws A Picture Of How Christian Culture Should Be Imagined And Lived In Our Own Day, From Creativity And Work To Tyranny And Freedom You Will Never Be Able To Read Genesis The Same Way Again The author has some very interesting points of view that made me think and go back to the Bible to re read the passages he was discussing. James Jordan is one of the very best teachers on how to read the Bible He studies the Bible like an English Literature professor studies Shakespeare He digs in and looks for clues for what the text is saying in ways that I ve not seen done by anyone else Primeval Saints is a study of the patriarchs in Genesis.Here is a simple example of what I mean Did you know that the keeper of the prison , where Joseph was held, after being accused of attempted rape, in Genesis 39 40, was Potiphar, the James Jordan is one of the very best teachers on how to read the Bible He studies the Bible like an English Literature professor studies Shakespeare He digs in and looks for clues for what the text is saying in ways that I ve not seen done by anyone else Primeval Saints is a study of the patriarchs in Genesis.Here is a simple example of what I mean Did you know that the keeper of the prison , where Joseph was held, after being accused of attempted rape, in Genesis 39 40, was Potiphar, the very same man who was the man whom he had served as a slave The text says it, if you read closely, but I never saw that myself, nor have I ever heard it said before.Or, have you ever read or heard a positive explanation of why Joseph tested his brothers in the way he did Jordan argues that he was testing them, Joseph acted to redeem them from bondage and enthrone them with him as lords of the world I won t get into all the details of the argument, but again, it is there for those who take the time to actually study the text closely, and it is quite a lesson.The book is full of a wide range of insights including a thorough defense of Jacob, who is widely criticized as a fraud and cheat, who stole his birthright from his brother But this is not at all what the Bible actually teaches From the beginning, Jacob was chosen to be the heir of Isaac He s described as being the same kind of man as Noah, Abram, and Job perfect, complete sound, wholesome complete, morally innocent Yet nearly all translations offer plain or quiet as their translation of the Hebrew root Jacob was loved by Rebekah because he was the same sort of man as Abram Isaac preferred Esau against the prophetic word that God has said, saying the older will serve the younger But not only that, Esau had married outside of the covenant, and had already despised his birthright For Isaac to give him the covenant blessing and inheritance would have been to spurn the covenant of his father, Abraham.So for Rebekah to work to ensure the inheritance and blessing went to Jacob was not only to benefit Jacob, but to shock and restore Isaac At the same time, it was an act of prayer, by sending Jacob in the guise of his brother, Esau, she prayed that Esau too would receive a blessing Jordan writes, We can see this in the way she ritually combined both her sons together when she sent Jacob in to deceive Isaac Suffice it to say, this is a wonderful book that is a model for engaging, insightful study of God s Word Iftheologians would engage the Bible this way, I expectpeople would glean farfrom the Bible than they do The strengths and weaknesses of this book are the same Jordan has an eye for detail and a quite brilliant eye for patterns especially literary patterns This is all to the good and makes this book a gem But I fear he also sees patterns that are not there, or rather, he sees things that are not there so as to fit patterns whether there or not He is just way too confident in stating things when he hasn t proved them he seems to pull a good deal of it straight out of his ass, in other words The strengths and weaknesses of this book are the same Jordan has an eye for detail and a quite brilliant eye for patterns especially literary patterns This is all to the good and makes this book a gem But I fear he also sees patterns that are not there, or rather, he sees things that are not there so as to fit patterns whether there or not He is just way too confident in stating things when he hasn t proved them he seems to pull a good deal of it straight out of his ass, in other words But much of it is convincing and beautiful and edifying Withcaution or argument from the author I would have given this book a five.Loved it Jordan doesn t waste any words here That was fine with me most of the time , but it might work against him if he s hoping to make sense to people who haven t read his other stuff or made friends with a few of his key premises premises like, everything in Scripture is a picture of something else, and every picture is connected to at least seven other pictures The book would work well delivered as a series of lectures so that we could get Jordan s Jedi hand wave at the same time These are th Jordan doesn t waste any words here That was fine with me most of the time , but it might work against him if he s hoping to make sense to people who haven t read his other stuff or made friends with a few of his key premises premises like, everything in Scripture is a picture of something else, and every picture is connected to at least seven other pictures The book would work well delivered as a series of lectures so that we could get Jordan s Jedi hand wave at the same time These are the truths you were looking for My third Jordan book He makes the Bible come alive Simply explained, he ties together symbols, history, people and theology, creating a unified perspective unlike any other He changes your view. I want to read the bible like James Jordan Really refreshing perspectives on passages that had grown familiar. Jordan s insights are always enlightening His commitment to seeing the Bible as the primary interpreter of the Bible forces the reader to see the ways in which much of today s Biblical interpretation is forced through modern systems Whether or not one agrees with Jordan s specific conclusion about a portion of scripture, one is always forced to go back to scripture which is what one should be doing anyway For Primeval Saints in particular, Jordan makes some conclusions that oppose common moder Jordan s insights are always enlightening His commitment to seeing the Bible as the primary interpreter of the Bible forces the reader to see the ways in which much of today s Biblical interpretation is forced through modern systems Whether or not one agrees with Jordan s specific conclusion about a portion of scripture, one is always forced to go back to scripture which is what one should be doing anyway For Primeval Saints in particular, Jordan makes some conclusions that oppose common modern interpretations of the patriarchs of Genesis Perhaps the most helpful and contradictory stance that Jordan takes is his much LESS critical stance toward the patriarchs If one reads, for example, Tim Keller s Counterfeit God s , you will find Keller taking a very critical stance towards the patriarchs According to Keller, Abraham, Issac, Jacob, and Joseph all were sinners falling short of God s mark throughout their stories until some sort of turning point in the end This approach tends to run the text through a modern psychological lens that, on further review, doesn t really chime with much of the rest of scripture particularly those divinely inspired parts that commend the lives of the patriarchs rather than condemn them for the most part Jordan, on the other hand, slows down and begins to see if another approach isn tBiblical andhelpful to understanding the lives of the patriarchs His approach seems to hit the mark upon reading by showing that, though flawed, many of the things that modern interpreters condemn the patriarchs for should be seen in a different light that is not condemnatory at all By slowing down, Jordan gives layering to the ways that these characters ultimately point to Jesus instead of the hasty approach of many modern evangelicals The hasty approach gives lip service to the truth that all scripture is about Jesus while in reality it often psychologizes the sins of the characters in the OT apart from what the whole of Scripture actually states and quickly jumps to a logical conversionistic lens of interpretation and drags the story unwillingly to relate to Jesus in some way.Jordan does not do this Jordan rather lets the story run its course This course often flows through many different parts of the OT until it points to Jesus in a fuller, richer way that brings a greater understanding and comfort to the Christian this side of Christ.If you are interested in a short book that will take you through Genesis in a way that is engaging and enlightening, I highly recommend this book to you Good I had high expectations Jordan makes a lot of connections I wouldn t be able to see on my own But he makes just as many unsupported assertions i.e I still can t see the connection even after he tries to make it You have to do a bit of sifting, but overall it s worth it just to learn how he thinks about the Bible. This book has it s advantages First, it s one if the best edited books I ve read by Jordan Jordan s books and articles tend to appear disorganized, which potentially ends up being a disservice to one s audience Second, It s a quick read with many helpful insights Third, It s just an overview, so the book is very accessible to the average joe shmoe christian Jordan doesn t pretend to cover every detail surrounding the patriarchs of genesis The only significant disappointment I had was his o This book has it s advantages First, it s one if the best edited books I ve read by Jordan Jordan s books and articles tend to appear disorganized, which potentially ends up being a disservice to one s audience Second, It s a quick read with many helpful insights Third, It s just an overview, so the book is very accessible to the average joe shmoe christian Jordan doesn t pretend to cover every detail surrounding the patriarchs of genesis The only significant disappointment I had was his overview of the first few patriarchs, which really wasn t much about them in particular, and instead seemed to be tertiary pastoral filler material His typological interpretations seem to be unnecessarily strained at times too, even though, in light of his many supplemental articles and essays available from Biblical Horizons, they often end up being well thought through Even if one does not agree with everything Jordan says who does I wonder if he always does , the strength of this book and all his work is that it forces the reader to look at the details of the text, take every fact into account, and meditate on their meaning The reader has no option just to sit back and criticize but is forced to mount a reasonable alternative explanation for the cumulative details Jordan s analysis is good, and his synthesis in great That s why his typological observa Even if one does not agree with everything Jordan says who does I wonder if he always does , the strength of this book and all his work is that it forces the reader to look at the details of the text, take every fact into account, and meditate on their meaning The reader has no option just to sit back and criticize but is forced to mount a reasonable alternative explanation for the cumulative details Jordan s analysis is good, and his synthesis in great That s why his typological observations are so great

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  • Paperback
  • 156 pages
  • Primeval Saints: Studies in the Patriarchs of Genesis
  • James B. Jordan
  • English
  • 23 October 2017
  • 1885767862