"Within the sometimes-bewildering world of Old Testament scholarship, with its modern and postmodern presuppositions, Craig Bartholomew charts a new way forward, one that takes fully seriously the historical, literary, and theological dimensions of the Old Testament--and above all takes the God of the Old Testament fully seriously as one who acts and reveals. For anyone who finds the Old Testament irrepressibly fascinating, this will be an exciting, learned, and coherently argued book."
Richard Bauckham, emeritus professor of New Testament studies, University of St. Andrews
"Craig Bartholomew brings his wide knowledge and insight to the question of God in the Old Testament. His training and sensibilities as both an Old Testament scholar and a philosopher are on full display here. This book, the first of four, is a big book in the best sense of the term. He considers the most important questions and utilizes the best approaches to our study of the Old Testament. In my opinion, Bartholomew sets the study of God in the Old Testament on its proper foundation, which makes this essential reading for all scholars and serious students alike."
Tremper Longman III, Distinguished Scholar and Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies, Westmont College
"Only Craig Bartholomew could have written this book! The range of interlocutors is vast; Old Testament scholars mingle with philosophers, literary critics, and historians of the ancient Near East, and Bartholomew's immensely creative and constructive mind orchestrates a powerful symphony by means of a running commentary on the scholarship. At the heart of the matter is the possibility--indeed the firm conviction--that the living God has revealed himself to Israel. A joy to read, this book should fund a new and multifaceted conversation grounded in the question of God."
Matthew Levering, James N. Perry Jr. and Mary D. Perry Chair of Theology, Mundelein Seminary
"Many of us were apprenticed into the guild of Old Testament scholarship under the paradigm of alleged academic 'objectivity' in which 'God' could not be the subject of a sentence that presumed his living reality and power, other than as a fictive character in the narrative. Craig Bartholomew challenges that paradigm in a way that enables an encounter with the living Scriptures to be an authentic encounter with the voice of the living God."
Christopher J. H. Wright, global ambassador and ministry director, Langham Partnership
"This opus breathes intelligence, learning, and creativity as it frames what it means--and could mean--to study the Old Testament. True to form, Bartholomew assesses the academy critically with breadth of vision and philosophical rigor. He methodically advances a theological vision of the Old Testament that takes as fundamental its kerygmatic force. Faith and theology inform Bartholomew's work as resources rather than obstacles, while rightly he pleads for genuine pluralism in the academy. Although it will be possible to interrogate Bartholomew's argument, it will be impossible to ignore it. This volume exhibits the characteristics of a classic."
Heath A. Thomas, president and professor of Old Testament, Oklahoma Baptist University
"In this introductory volume Bartholomew makes an impressive start to a project that seeks to do for the Old Testament what N. T. Wright has done for the New Testament. A great strength of his approach is an in-depth philosophical and methodological awareness. This enables him to provide a sharp critical evaluation of a number of traditional scholarly views. His careful attention to the historical, literary, and theological dimensions of the Old Testament sheds new light on many disputed issues and illuminates the rich Old Testament portrayal of the living God."
Philip Jenson, teaching associate in Old Testament, Ridley Hall, Cambridge
"Who but Craig Bartholomew could have imagined this book, much less actually written it? In The Old Testament and God, Craig takes the reader on an exhilarating quest to answer the biggest question not only in biblical studies but in our lives: the question of God. Along the way, Craig introduces us to a vast array of voices, from philosophers and historians to narrative critics and specialists in the ancient Near East. The end result is part manifesto, part invitation. The Old Testament and God is sure to guide and inspire students and scholars alike."
Michael J. Rhodes, lecturer in Old Testament, Carey Baptist College
"In this far-reaching and ambitious work, Bartholomew compellingly contends for an audacious notion: the Old Testament needs God and, above all else, enacts deific truth. This claim stands in sharp contrast with modernity reinforced by its tacit atheism and sardonic rejection of the supernatural. Consequently, the most central aspect of the Scriptures is absent in most post-Enlightenment biblical criticism. The Old Testament and God models an alternative, post-critical approach that is both overtly theistic and particularly Christian."
H. H. Hardy II, associate professor of Old Testament and Semitic languages, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Craig G. Bartholomew (PhD, University of Bristol) is director of the Kirby Laing Centre for Public Theology in Cambridge, England. He was formerly senior research fellow at the University of Gloucestershire and the H. Evan Runner Professor of Philosophy at Redeemer University College. He is the author or editor of many books, including a forthcoming four-volume project on God and the Old Testament. His most recent books include The Doctrine of Creation: A Constructive Kuyperian Approach (coauthored with Bruce R. Ashford) and The God Who Acts in History: The Significance of Sinai. Bartholomew is also the coauthor (with Michael W. Goheen) of The Drama of Scripture, Living at the Crossroads, and Christian Philosophy.