My first impression of Thomas R. Yoder Neufeld’s study was that it tries to be three books in one without succeeding as any of the three, but I discovered that this apparent weakness of the book is also its greatest strength.
Jürgen Moltmann may be the most renowned theologian living today. The voluminous writings he has published and the countless papers he has presented at theological conferences over the past 40 years have made him a familiar figure to American audiences. But being famous and familiar does not necessarily mean being fully understood.
The book of Job is one of the most beautiful and perplexing books of the Bible. G. K. Chesterton said, “The Iliad is great because all of life is a battle; the Odyssey is great because all of life is a journey; the Book of Job is great because all of life is a riddle.” Thomas Carlyle wrote, “A Noble Book; all men’s Book!
In the late 1970s, Dieter Georgi would begin his New Testament ethics class by speaking of hunger. In lectures that moved us students to tears, he spoke of the absolute necessity of placing ethics into real-world, tangible contexts, since the biblical writings emerged from specific contexts.