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That I May Dwell among Them
Incarnation and Atonement in the Tabernacle Narrative
HARDCOVER; Coming Soon: 11/16/2023
ISBN: 978-0-8028-8306-3
Price: $ 35.99
288 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6 x 9
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What does Israel’s tabernacle mean for Christians today?   
The Tabernacle Narrative comprises passages in Exodus and Leviticus that detail the construction, furnishing, and liturgical use of the tabernacle. Given its genre and style, the narrative is often passed over by those reading Scripture for theological insight. 
But what can these complex passages reveal about Christ? Gary Anderson shows how these passages shed light on incarnation and atonement both in ancient Israel’s theology and in Christian theology. Anderson explains how the chronology of the narrative reflects sacred time, how the Israelites saw divine features in the physical aspects of the tabernacle, and how Isaac’s sacrifice foreshadowed the sacrificial rite revealed to Moses at Mt. Sinai.
Ultimately, Anderson shows how the Old Testament can deepen our understanding of the gospel. For Athanasius and many church fathers, God’s “indwelling” in the tabernacle offers a unique witness to the nature of incarnation, supplementing the story told in the gospels. Likewise, careful analysis of the purpose of sacrifice at the tabernacle clarifies the purpose of Christ’s passion. Far from connoting penal substitution, sacrifice in the Old Testament demonstrates self-emptying as an antidote to sin. Theologians, pastors, and serious readers of the Bible will appreciate how Anderson’s canonical and literary analysis of the Tabernacle Narrative illuminates Christian theology.

Table of Contents

Part One: The Priestly Narrative 
     “That I may dwell among them” 
               1. Inauguration of the Tabernacle: One or Two Theophanies?  
               2. Seeing God 
               3. Serving God 
    “[They did] as he had not commanded them” 
               4. Liturgical Beginnings and Immediate Sin 
               5. Nadab and Abihu and Apophatic Theology  
Part Two: The Priestly Narrative in Its Larger Canonical Setting 
    “These are your gods, O Israel!” 
               6. The Sin of the Golden Calf  
               7. The Binding of Isaac and Sacrifice  
    “The Word became flesh and tabernacled among us” 
               8. Incarnation  
               9. Atonement