That I May Dwell Among Them: Incarnation and Atonement in the Tabernacle Narrative (Hardcover)

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That I May Dwell Among Them: Incarnation and Atonement in the Tabernacle Narrative (Hardcover)

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What does Israel's tabernacle mean for Christians today?   

The Tabernacle Narrative comprises passages in Exodus and Leviticus that detail the construction, furnishing, and liturgical use of the tabernacle. Given its genre and style, the narrative is often passed over by those reading Scripture for theological insight. 

But what can these texts reveal about Christ? Gary Anderson shows how these passages shed light on divine indwelling and atonement both in ancient Israel's theology and in Christian theology. Anderson explains how the chronology of the narrative reflects sacred time, how the Israelites saw divine features in the physical aspects of the tabernacle, and how Isaac's sacrifice foreshadowed the sacrificial rite revealed to Moses at Mount Sinai.

Ultimately, Anderson shows how the Old Testament can deepen our understanding of the gospel. For Athanasius and many church fathers, God's "indwelling" in the tabernacle offers a unique witness to the nature of incarnation, supplementing the story told in the Gospels. Likewise, careful analysis of the purpose of sacrifice at the tabernacle clarifies the purpose of Christ's passion. Far from connoting penal substitution, sacrifice in the Old Testament demonstrates self-emptying as an antidote to sin. Theologians, pastors, and serious readers of the Bible will appreciate how Anderson's canonical and literary analysis of the Tabernacle Narrative illuminates Christian theology.

Gary A. Anderson is Hesburgh Professor of Catholic Thought at the University of Notre Dame. His previous books include Charity: The Place of the Poor in the Biblical Tradition; Sin: A History; and Christian Doctrine and the Old Testament: Theology in the Service of Biblical Exegesis.
Product Details ISBN: 9780802883063
ISBN-10: 0802883060
Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Publication Date: November 16th, 2023
Pages: 270
Language: English