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Publication Date: 17 Apr 2015
Format: Paperback
Series: New Studies in Biblical Theology
Publisher: Apollos
Page Count: 232
Author: Mark J Boda
ISBN-13: 9781783592692

'Return to Me'

A Biblical Theology Of Repentance
By Mark J Boda
ISBN: 9781783592692
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'Return to me, says the LORD of hosts, and I will return to you ...' (Zech. 1:3 ESV).

Repentance concerns the repair of a relationship with God disrupted by human sin. All the major phases of church history have seen diversity and controversy over the doctrine. The first of Luther's famous ninety-five theses nailed to the church door in Wittenburg in 1517 stated that 'the entire life of believers should be one of repentance'. In recent times, two divisive debates within evangelicalism - over 'lordship salvation' and 'hypergrace' - have had repentance at their core.

The theme of repentance is evident in almost every Old and New Testament corpus. However, it has received little sustained attention over the past half-century of scholarship, which has been largely restricted to word studies or focused on a particular text or genre. Studies of the overall theology of the Bible have typically given the theme only passing mention.

In response, Mark Boda offers a comprehensive overview of the theological witness of Scripture to the theme of repentance. The key to understanding is not simply to be found in word studies, but also in the broader meaning of texts as these communicate through a variety of words, images and stories. The importance of repentance in redemptive history is emphasized. It is fundamentally a return to intimate fellowship with the triune God, our Creator and Redeemer. This relational return arises from the human heart and impacts attitudes, words and actions.
About the Author
Mark J. Boda is Professor of Old Testament at McMaster Divinity College and Professor in the Faculty of Theology at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. He is the author of numerous books, including 'Praying the Tradition' and 'A Severe Mercy', a commentary on 1 & 2 Chronicles, and studies of Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi. He is co-editor of the 'Dictionary of the Old Testament: Prophets and Seeking the Favour of God' (3 volumes).
Press Reviews

I have not found another book that sets out to treat repentance in quite the way that Mark Boda has: he patiently, thoroughly, and effectively works his way through Scripture to learn what repentance means and what it looks like in each canonical corpus, covering not only commonly used words, but also the fundamental concepts

- D A Carson

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