Tuesday, October 6, 2015

New Morales Book on Leviticus Releases This Month

A new book by Greenville Seminary Professor L. Michael Morales, exploring the theology, narrative context and literary structure of the Book of Leviticus, is set for release on October 16 in the United Kingdom through thinkivp.com and soon in the United States.

Who Shall Ascend the Mountain of the Lord? is published by Apollos, an arm of Intervarsity Press, and may be pre-ordered here.

According to the publisher's description, Dr. Morales has created a stimulating study that follows the Book of Leviticus's "dramatic movement, examines the tabernacle cult and the Day of Atonement, and tracks the development from Sinai's tabernacle to Zion's temple — and from the earthly to the heavenly Mount Zion in the New Testament. He shows how life with God in the house of God was the original goal of the creation of the cosmos, and became the goal of redemption and the new creation."

Dr. D.A. Carson says the book "promises to give us not only a theology of Leviticus, but also a richer theology of the Pentateuch, and finally of the whole Bible. I predict this volume will spawn some excellent sermon series on Leviticus!"

In the author's own words:
As the central book of the Pentateuch, Leviticus contains the heart of its theology and has much to unfold regarding the nature of God and the plight of humanity. The church’s understanding of Leviticus is foundational for grasping the story of the Bible in its depth and beauty, and for discernment concerning a whole array of pressing issues, such as the substance and nature of the Mosaic covenant, the worship of God, and the person and work of Jesus Christ. My hope and prayer in this endeavour is to provide the church with a theological entry into Leviticus in the context of both the Pentateuch and the New Testament, an entry that will strengthen feeble hands and make firm the weak knees, and lead to a renewed glorying in her heavenly access to the Father through the new and living way. To pursue this aim has meant that many aspects of Leviticus, from defining atonement to competing methodologies in ritual theory, and so on, which are topics of scholarly debate requiring much nuanced discussion and argumentation, have necessarily been avoided.
Dr. Morales
 Dr, Morales also continues to receive highly positive reviews from readers of his earlier book The Tabernacle Pre-figured: Cosmic Mountain Ideology in Genesis and Exodus (2012). Here are some examples:
When you take 15 pages of notes and would buy a book strictly on the merits of its extensive bibliography, you know you've discovered a gem. L. Michael Morales' work on cosmic mountain ideology in Genesis-Exodus is such a book. From start to finish, this book was amazing. In my opinion, this is biblical theology at its best: thoroughly and richly exegetical, attentive to ANE context, aware of the historical and contemporary scholarship. In his own words, that's what Morales is attempting to do: "present the theology of the Bible within the dust of its own history" (282). 
 This book is fantastic. Expensive, but worth three times it's published price. Buy a copy. You won't regret it.
Dr. Morales's inaugural lecture as GPTS Professor of Biblical Studies was delivered in September on another Pentateuch-related topic, "The Burnt Offering and Christ's Fulfillment." You may listen to this highly insightful lecture here.