Providence: a Biblical, Historical, and Theological Account

Elliott, M. W. (2020) Providence: a Biblical, Historical, and Theological Account. Baker Academic: Grand Rapids, MI. ISBN 9781540960405

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This book by a leading scholar of Christian theology and exegesis is a capstone of years of research on the history and theology of the doctrine of providence. Addressing a topic of perennial interest in Christian theology, Mark Elliott offers a constructive account of the doctrine of providence and shows that, contrary to received opinion, the Bible has a lot to say about providence as a distinct doctrine within the wider scope of God's acts of salvation. Elliott explains that providence operates outside the range of knowledge and full comprehensibility, eluding faith and transcending revelation. Therefore, readers must look for traces of God's action in the stories and philosophies of the biblical authors, which appear in the biblical corpus in such themes as the hand of God, the face of God, the kingdom, the plan of God, blessing, life, breath, enduring order, judgment, protection, and the hidden God. Elliott explores these themes in such a way that the entirety of the Bible across both Testaments bears witness to the theme of providence. He concludes by showing how the findings of his analysis speak to the concerns of systematic and practical theologians.

Item Type:Books
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Elliott, Professor Mark
Authors: Elliott, M. W.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > Theology and Religious Studies
Publisher:Baker Academic

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