called to mind, but the even more tragic one of Eve, who gave birth to two sons in
quick succession who indeed were mortal rivals for God's ... Isaac loved Esau,
because he was fond of game;3 but Rebekah loved Jacob” (Gen 25:27-28).
God's favor towards some serves God's plan for the larger world. The Bible's affirmation of Israel's divine election is often ignored or even repudiated by contemporary Christians and Jews who are scandalized by the possibility that God might favor one person or group over another. Beginning with the stories of family rivalry in Genesis and in working through a host of other biblical texts, Joel Kaminsky explores the dynamics of election. Why does God favor certain people? How do the chosen and non-chosen interact? And what might these texts teach us about God's intention for the world?
Type: BOOK - Published: 2007 - Publisher: Abingdon Press
Drawing from both the Old and New Testaments, this book explores how God chooses, how humans participate, what we know from the Bible about God's intentions, and whether God's plan for the chosen people succeeds.