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Foreword, by Brent A. Strawn and Patrick D. Miller Preface Acknowledgments Abbreviations Introduction: From Plane to Plane Part I: Orienting Ourselves in the Biblical World 1 ". . . and the Bush Was Not Consumed" Addenda 2 What's in a Name? "Yahweh" in Exodus 3 and the Wider Biblical Context Names and Their Meanings The Name "Yahweh" and Its Meaning for Israel The Name and Its Meaning for Existence Today 3 What Does the Priestly Blessing Do? The Priestly Blessing and God's Blessing in Creation The Vocabulary of P and the Priestly Blessing Cosmos, Tabernacle, and the Priestly Blessing 4 Praying in the Space God Creates for the World Making Space The Memra Space for God Praying in the Space Part II: Forays into a Biblical World 5 Prayer as Self-Address: The Case of Hannah Comfort: God's and the Self's Self-Encouragement in the Worship of God siah: The Means of Self-Encouragement Hannah's Meditation and Self-Address 6 The Root skl and the Soul Bereaved in Psalm 35 skl as Maternal Bereavement Compassion Requited and Unrequited Suffering the Loss of Matrixal Connections: A Psychological Perspective Rage and the Bitterness of Unrequited Compassion 7 As God Is My Witness: Another Look at Psalm 12:6 What, Precisely, Does God Promise the Psalmist? Another Look at the Language of the Promise God's Promise and Job's Hope-Against-Hope in Job 16:19 8 "And Not We Ourselves": Psalm 100:3 and the Eschatological Reign of God Is "Not We Ourselves" Grammatical Hebrew? The Range of Variation in a Stock Expression But Why the Need to Disavow Self-Creation? On Divine and Human "Making" The Verb ga'ah Practical Atheism in Psalm(s) 9-10 More on the Self-Confident Claim, " Won't Slip" Recurring to Craigie's Remarks on Psalm 9-10 "And Not We Ourselves": Resolving the Conflict Drama in Psalms 93-99 Themes in Psalms 93-100 Bearing on Psalm 100:3 The Conflict Drama Resolved in Psalm 100:3 Is "Not We Ourselves" Palatable in Today's World? 9 Standing on the Promises of God: On the Thematic Resonance of "No Foothold"in Psalm 69 Thematic Ligatures in the Psalms On the Social Significance of "Standing" One's Standing in Others' Eyes Standing in the Face of Reproach in Psalm 69 "Standing" as a Ligature throughout the Psalter The Case of Jeremiah Standing before God: The Case of Daniel On Some Hebrew Expressions Involving the Verbs hazaq and 'ames Standing before God: The Case of Habakkuk Back to Psalm A Last Word, then, on Psalm 69 A Belated Confession 10 The Verb ya'ames in Psalm 27:14: Who Is Strengthening Whom? A Preliminary Review of the Hebrew Text in Psalm 27:14 The Verb 'ms in the Qal Stem The Verb 'ms in the Piel Stem The Verb 'ms in the Hithpael Stem The Verb 'ms in the Hiphil Stem Weighing the Pros and the Cons The Special Case of the Verb 'rk in the Hiphil Stem Final Assessment A Brief Excursion to Psalm 27:8 Two Modern Afterwords to Psalm 27 11 Revisiting "Forever" in Psalm 23:6 Aspects of Experience "in God's House" Experiencing Time, Mundane and Otherwise Connotations of the Phrase, "Length of Days," and Its Cognates On Some Axes of Affirmation Converging in Psalm 23:6b Drawing Matters to a Conclusion Addendum Part III: The Standpoint of Two Prophets 12 Solidarity and Solitariness in Ancient Israel: The Case of Jeremiah 13 Eschatological Symbol and Existence in Habakkuk From Despairing Complaint to Affirmation in Hope On Existing Eschatologically within and for the Present Time Part IV: An Interlude 14 Toward a Hermeneutics of Resonance: A Methodological Interlude between the Testaments Richard B. Hays on Intertextual Resonance Patrick D. Miller on Resonance Samuel Taylor Coleridge on Resonance in the Nature of Things Resonance and Alfred North Whitehead's Di-Polar Cosmology Rupert Sheldrake on Morphic Resonance Hans Loewald on Resonance in Nature and in Human Becoming Resonance and The Disenchantment of Secular Discourse Resonance between the Testaments in Proverbs 8 and Colossians 1 On Hymnic Resonance and Community Cohesion Part V: New Testament Afterword 15 "Hid with Christ in God" Praying to the Father Who Is "in Secret" (Matthew 6:6) God's "Secret Place" as Temptation and as Reality "Your Life Is Hid with Christ in God" Prayer in Romans 8 as the Nexus of the Solidarity of Heaven and Earth Garrisoned in Prayer A Postscript to Be Read in Retrospect 16 Faith as a Foothold "within the Veil": Afterwords in the Letter to the Hebrews Faith as a Foothold on Things Hoped For Reproach and "Standing" in Hebrews and in Psalm 69 Jesus as Son on the Throne / High Priest in the Tabernacle Jesus as archegon kai teleioten of Faith(fulness) 17 Redeeming the Expression "Redeeming the Time" Exagorazo in Classical Greek Buying Time in Daniel 2 The Verb pa'am as a "Beating of Times" Redeeming the Time in Ephesians 5:16 The Prayer of Empowerment in Ephesians 3:14-21 and the Empowering Vision in Daniel 10 Conclusion Bibliography Author Index Scripture Index

About the Author

J. Gerald Janzen is MacAllister-Petticrew Emeritus Professor of Old Testament at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. His most recent book is At the Scent of Water: The Ground of Hope in the Book of Job (2009). Brent A. Strawn is Associate Professor of Old Testament at the Candler School of Theology and Graduate Division of Religion at Emory University. Patrick D. Miller is Charles T. Haley Professor of Old Testament Theology Emeritus at Princeton Theological Seminary.


"Janzen has been looking at these biblical texts all his life. Every time he looks again, he sees something else by way of connection or nuance . . . It is a delight to salute this long-loved colleague on this rich offer that, as always from him, is a gift of newness." Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary "Rare is the exegete who is wise beyond his or her own specialty. Rarer still is the interpreter who explores the text down to its minutest of details with infectious wonder. Janzen is that exegete: text critic, theologian, philosopher, and poet. His exegetical forays are unhurried expeditions of a vivacious mind that will touch the heart, indelibly." William P. Brown, Columbia Theological Seminary "Janzen models what the exegetical imagination can do when it is focused on significant questions and disciplined by wide-ranging study, thorough and exact knowledge of the biblical text, and the life of prayer itself. These essays invite us to slow down and savor Scripture." Ellen F. Davis, Duke Divinity School "In these essays, both old and new, Janzen delves into detailed exegetical and intertextual analyses of biblical texts, crossing both Testaments and constantly appealing to the original languages with a sensitivity that generates profoundly existential reflection on one's own relationship with God. I found his essays transformative both for my reading of Scripture and for my own life." J. Richard Middleton

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