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Scott Hahn: The Kingdom of God as Liturgical Empire

Hahn’s treatment of First and Second Chronicles has struck this reviewer with some fresh insights. I am re-reading these accounts with greater attention than ever before. What is interesting to this reviewer is the publisher, Baker Publishing Group’s Baker Academic, which is of Reformed “lineage.” This is an indication of the growing interchange among Christian scholar of Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox persuasions. Stephen B. Chapman, of Duke Divinity School, on the back cover of Hahn’s commentary wrote of its impact upon the long history of Protestant interpretation.

Remembering as liturgy.

This reviewer finds Hahn’s commentary easy reading and not heavily burdened with footnotes. Hahn furnishes, beginning with page 193, a full bibliography with works cited which closes on page 204, and both a subject and a Scripture index. The Kingdom of God as Liturgical Empire is not only for the ministerial student but also for pastors and teachers and is in no way difficult. It will have the effect of having the reader to go back over one’s own notes inscribed within his or her own Bible. I have done so myself and have found further inspiration after teaching Old Testament and New Testament on both the college level and the graduate level and also preaching from the Chronicles.

Hahn’s work on Chronicles needs to be read and re-read. This idea of remembering as liturgy is worth the time to consider how to approach the Holy Scriptures and its relation to the proclamation of Jesus as Lord and Savior.

Reviewed by Woodrow Walton


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Category: Biblical Studies, Fall 2017

About the Author: Woodrow E. Walton, D.Min. (Oral Roberts University School of Theology and Missions), B.A. (Texas Christian University), B.D. [M.Div.] (Duke Divinity School), M.A. (University of Oklahoma), is a retired Seminary Dean and Professor of biblical, theological and historical studies. An ordained Assemblies of God minister, he and his wife live in Fort Worth, Texas. Walton retains membership with the Evangelical Theological Society, American Association of Christian Counselors, American Society of Church History, American Academy of Political Science, and The International Society of Frontier Missiology.

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