Ellen F. Davis, “Getting Involved with God: Rediscovering the Old Testament”

The book had some good insights (see below), but overall I was not that impressed.  There is some political correctness in it that really runs amok in the final section on environmentalism (chapters 16 and  17).  Some notes:

  • Praise psalms help us to see, as we pray them, how much we have to be thankful for.
  • The point of knowledge/wisdom is righteousness (contrary to what an academic would say).
  • In Ecclesiastes, she translates “vanity” as “absurdity,” which calls to mind to me a very existentialist reading of the book.
  • She says (138-39, in discussing Job) that God loves pizzazz — splendor for its own sake — which is a fun way of looking at the wonders of the world.
  • She discusses (chapter 15) the importance of solitude and nonassimilation for Christians.