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Ten Theology Books to Watch For – October 2021

Here are some excellent new theology books * that will be released in October 2021:

* broadly interpreted, including ethics, church history, biblical studies, and other areas that intersect with theology

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Abraham’s Silence: The Binding of Isaac, the Suffering of Job, and How to Talk Back to God

J. Richard Middleton

(Baker Academic)

It is traditional to think we should praise Abraham for his willingness to sacrifice his son as proof of his love for God. But have we misread the point of the story? Is it possible that a careful reading of Genesis 22 could reveal that God was not pleased with Abraham’s silent obedience?

Widely respected biblical theologian, creative thinker, and public speaker J. Richard Middleton suggests we have misread and misapplied the story of the binding of Isaac and shows that God desires something other than silent obedience in difficult times. Middleton focuses on the ethical and theological problem of Abraham’s silence and explores the rich biblical tradition of vigorous prayer, including the lament psalms, as a resource for faith. Middleton also examines the book of Job in terms of God validating Job’s lament as “right speech,” showing how the vocal Job provides an alternative to the silent Abraham.

This book provides a fresh interpretation of Genesis 22 and reinforces the church’s resurgent interest in lament as an appropriate response to God.



Does God Love the Coronavirus?: Friendship, Theology, and Hope in a Post-COVID World

Stephen Bevans and Clemens Sedmak

(Wipf & Stock)

This book is a correspondence between two theologians and friends during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020–21. In it the authors reflect on the nature of God, the efficacy of prayer, the value of experience, the nature of theology itself, the importance of Christian hope, and many other topics. The style is familiar and light, rich, and full of wisdom.

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