Idolatry and the Hardening of the Heart: A Study in Biblical Theology

Idolatry and the Hardening of the Heart: A Study in Biblical Theology

By: Edward P. Meadors (author)Paperback

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The purpose of this book is to provide a biblical, theological answer to Isaiah's question: "Why, O Lord, do you cause us to stray from your ways, and harden our heart from fearing you?" Transparently, the biblical answer is pervasive, explicit, easy to understand, and interrelated to every major biblical theme. The hardening of the heart is quite simply God's disciplinary punishment for the specific sin of idolatry. Meadors' book is an exercise in biblical theology. Beginning in the Hebrew Bible, the hardened heart finds rescue in the "new covenant" promises that Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Hosea prophesy. In these prohecies, God promises to remove Israel's idols, cleanse the people, anoint them with God's spirit, write God's law upon their hearts, and turn the people's hearts of stone into hearts of flesh. The New Testament tells how Jesus of Nazareth activates these promises and brings them into effect in the lives of those who respond to him in faith. Paul preaches this message as well, and the book of "Revelation" applies this message to the historical context of the seven churches of Asia Minor, who lived with the agonizing temptation to compromise with the idolatry-laden Roman emperor cult. Meadors examines the biblical rationale for idolatry and the hardening of the heart as it unfolds in specific passages - Lev. 26, Dt. 29, Ps. 115, 135 - and examines the phenomenon through the rest of the Hebrew Bible, the Gospels, the letters of Paul, and "Revelation".

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About Author

Edward P. Meadors is Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, and the author of Jesus the Messianic Herald of Salvation.

Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction; Chapter 2: Heart in Ancient Egypt and the Hebrew Bible; Chapter 3: Exodus and the Hardening of the Heart; Chapter 4: Idolatry and the Hardeing of the Heart in the Former Prophets; Chapter 5: Idolatry and the Hardening of the Heart in Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Hosea./; Chapter 6: Hardening of the Heart in the New Testament. Chapter 7: Idolatry and the Hardening of the Heart in Acts; Chapter 8: Idolatry and the Hardening of the Heart in Romans; Chapter 9: Idolatry in Romans; Chapter 10: Israel in Romans; Chapter 11: Idolatry and the Hardening of the Heart in Revelation; Chapter 12: Conclusion.

Product Details

  • publication date: 01/12/2006
  • ISBN13: 9780567025739
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 228
  • ID: 9780567025739
  • weight: 312
  • ISBN10: 056702573X

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