A tree of ice.

After freezing rain, this tree behind our home is covered with ice. This reminds me of a portion of our Lord’s answer to Job: “From whose womb comes the ice? And the frost of heaven, who gives it birth? The waters harden like stone, and the surface of the deep is frozen” (Job 38:29-30, NKJV).

An ice tree

One of the Hallel psalms reads: “He casteth forth his ice like morsels: who can stand before his cold? (Psalm 147:17, KJV).

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A book rediscovered.

A few days ago, as I reviewed some of my class notes from “Theology of the Tanak” in my Th.M. program at Western Seminary, I noticed I had written “GET THIS BOOK” by the title A Theological Introduction to the Old Testament, written by Bruce C. Birch, Walter Brueggemann, Terrence E. Fretheim and David L. Petersen (Nashville, TN: Abington, 1999).

I had purchased the book and read a few pages, but somewhere along the way it was replaced on my reading list by other volumes that were required by various professors. But now, with the luxury of reading what I want to, the capitalized words GET THIS BOOK drew me back, and I started again, from the first page.

I’m sure I will disagree at some points, but so far, my reading has been richly rewarded, and I recommend this treatment of Old Testament theology.

Okay, I’ll go ahead and say it: GET THIS BOOK!

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