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Masterfully Elucidating
the Context of Torah

A Feature Review of

The Lost World of the Torah:
Law as Covenant and Wisdom in Ancient Context
John H. Walton, J. Harvey Walton

Paperback: IVP Books, 2019
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Reviewed by Joel Wentz
I have vivid memories of devouring The Lost World of Genesis One, a slim paperback from an Old Testament scholar I had no previous exposure to. It felt like every page packed major insight into the nuances of Hebrew language and literary genres, the cultural context of the ancient world, and comparisons to other religious literature of the Near East. I remember repeatedly thinking, “Why hasn’t anyone ever explained this to me before?!”

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[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”161″ identifier=”0827613059″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”222″]Concrete and Pragmatic Love
A Review of

The Heart of Torah: Essays on the Weekly Torah Portion
Rabbi Shai Held


Hardback: Jewish Pub. Society, 2017
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Reviewed by Jon M. Sweeney

I remember two decades ago when William Morrow announced they were publishing a book of sermons by the chaplain at Harvard. I knew the chaplain, Peter J. Gomes, had published a New York Times bestseller ([easyazon_link identifier=”0060088303″ locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]The Good Book[/easyazon_link]), but that was no excuse for a book of sermons. “No one reads books of sermons,” I said to friends, in all my wisdom. On top of this, the publisher actually titled the book, [easyazon_link identifier=”B000PDZG5Q” locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]Sermons[/easyazon_link]. The book was a hit. I remembered those feelings when I received this 2-volume collection of sermons by Rabbi Shai Held. You wouldn’t think reading these sermon-essays would appeal as much as hearing them might. But they’re insightful and inspiring in printed form. I hope they reach a wide audience of not just Jews. Christians need this, too.

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