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The Abiding Presence: A Theological Commentary on Exodus

The Abiding Presence: A Theological Commentary on Exodus

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Publisher: SCM Press
ISBN: 9780334055044
Number of Pages: 288
Published: 30/05/2018
Width: 15.3 cm
Height: 23.4 cm

With an emphasis on the nature and importance of divine presence, "The Abiding Presence" provides a unique perspective on the overarching theology of Exodus drawing particular attention to God's revelation at the burning bush, Sinai, and the tabernacle.

Exploring the rich theological themes that emerge from the final form of the narrative the commentary also reflects on how these themes were employed by New Testament authors in understanding the life and ministry of Christ.

Bridging the gap between accessibility and scholarly rigour, this commentary offers an excellent tool for ordinands, students, teachers in higher education and preachers to engage with the theology of the book in its Old Testament context as well as how its message is revealed in the New Testament and continues to speak today.

This book will compliment the similar approach taken by Jenni Williams in The Kingdom of our God: a theological commentary on Isaiah (2019) and by Isabelle Hamley in God of Justice and Mercy: a theological commentary on Judges (2021). 

1. Introduction 

2. Presence in Absence (1.1—2.25) 

3. Presence in a Name (3.1—7.7)  

4. Presence in Creation (7.8—15.21) 

5. Wanderings in the Wilderness (15.22—18.27)  

6. Divine Presence, Holiness and Law (19.1—24.18) 

7. Creating Space for the Divine (25.1—31.18) 

8. Sin at Sinai (32.1—34.35) 

9. The Abiding Presence and the Climax of Creation  (35.1—40.38) 

Mark Scarlata

Revd Dr Mark Scarlata is Tutor and Lecturer in Old Testament Studies at St Mellitus College, London.

"Mark Scarlata has written a winsome accessible exposition of the Book of Exodus. This commentary will be of immense value for preachers, teachers, and serious church readers." -- Walter Brueggemann

"Theological interpretation can be rather loosely related to the biblical text. This isn't that kind of theological interpretation. It's a careful running exposition of the text itself. It shows how Exodus is about God being present with Israel and delivering them and then being present with them on an ongoing basis. While theological interpretation can also be rather loosely related to questions about history, this commentary additionally manages to consider the historical issues and the questions about the book's origin. And it sets the Book of Exodus in the context of the Scriptures as a whole. It is an impressive achievement." -- John Goldingay

"This is a fine reading of the biblical text. Scarlata takes seriously both the complexities and the insights of modern biblical scholarship. He situates them, however, within an accessible literary and theological reading of the biblical text in its received form as an enduring witness to the ways, and presence, of God." -- Walter Moberly