Iain W. Provan


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Marshall Sheppard Professor of
Biblical Studies (OT) at Regent College (Vancouver) and formerly senior lecturer in Hebrew and Old Testament Studies at the University of Edinburgh.

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A Biblical History of Israel

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Seriously Dangerous Religio...

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Ecclesiastes / Song of Song...

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Convenient Myths: The Axial...

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The Reformation and the Rig...

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Discovering Genesis: Conten...

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1 and 2 Kings (Understandin...

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Seeking What Is Right: The ...

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Hezekiah And The Books Of K...

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More books by Iain W. Provan…
“As we reread Genesis 2...we immediately understand WHAT is 'crafty' about the serpent's question in Genesis 3. God did NOT in fact say in Genesis 2, 'You MUST NOT EAT from any tree in the garden' (3:1). What God did say was almost exactly the opposite: 'You ARE FREE TO EAT from any tree in the garden' (except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, 2:16). The vocabulary of God in Genesis 2 indicates freedom and blessing. The vocabulary of the serpent in Genesis 3 indicates prohibition and restriction. The serpent's ploy is to suggest to the woman that God is really not so good after all. He shifts attention away from all that God in his generosity has provided for his creatures in creation and onto the one thing that God has for the moment explicitly withheld.”
Iain Provan, Seriously Dangerous Religion: What the Old Testament Really Says and Why It Matters

“Creatures cannot image even the true God in biblical thinking generally speaking. Nevertheless - and here is the extraordinary exception - there ARE "gods" in the world. There ARE images of God placed in a temple. These images are none other than the human beings - ALL human beings - whom God has created and set in his temple-cosmos.”
Iain Provan, Seriously Dangerous Religion: What the Old Testament Really Says and Why It Matters

“The humble have once again exhibited more insight than the exalted”
Iain W. Provan, 1 and 2 Kings

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