Terence E. Fretheim



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The Suffering of God

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God and World in the Old Te...

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The Pentateuch: Interpretin...

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Exodus: Interpretation: A B...

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Creation Untamed: The Bible...

4.05 avg rating — 61 ratings — published 2010 — 4 editions
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About the Bible: Short Answ...

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Deuteronomic History

3.69 avg rating — 16 ratings — published 1983
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Jeremiah: Smyth & Helwys Bi...

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First and Second Kings

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The Message Of Jonah: A The...

4.22 avg rating — 9 ratings — published 1977 — 2 editions
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“Quite simply, if God knows me better than I know myself, what point is there [in] pretending I am other than I am before God? Prayer is not the place for pretended piety; prayer is the place for getting down to brass tacks. . . . Thus we might as well acknowledge our true state when we pray. We pray to God from where we are, not from where we consider we should be. And God, who knows us where we are, can lead us to where we can be.17”
Terence E. Fretheim, Creation Untamed (): The Bible, God, and Natural Disasters

“We pray to God from where we are, not from where we consider we should be. And God, who knows us where we are, can lead us to where we can be.17”
Terence E. Fretheim, Creation Untamed (): The Bible, God, and Natural Disasters

“The heart of the matter for Israel, therefore, is not subscription to an external code of conduct. It is a matter of faithfulness to a relationship with a personal God. The specific commandments have to do with how Israel’s loyalty to God is to be expressed in the ins and outs of daily life in specific times and places. The peril for Israel (“snare,” 23:33) is not that this or that commandment will be disobeyed but that it will be disloyal to Yahweh and serve other gods. The golden calf debacle demonstrates this. Israel’s future as the people of God is centered on this matter. If Israel is loyal to Yahweh, then that faithfulness will be manifested in obedience to the commandments; faithlessness to Yahweh will be manifested in a life of disobedience. The central placement of the loyalty commandment thus shows that issues of obedience and disobedience of all other commandments proceed from issues of loyalty and disloyalty. In other words, faithfulness to God himself takes priority over obedience. That does not make obedience of the detailed commandments somehow unimportant, but obedience follows from faithfulness, not the other way around.”
Terence E. Fretheim, Exodus: Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching

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