Elizabeth H. P. Backfish, "Shattering Itself against the Covenant: Reading Judges 2:20-22 with Thomas F. Torrance," Participatio 8 (2020): 46-64; #2020-EHPB-1
Backfish, Elizabeth H. P. "Shattering Itself against the Covenant: Reading Judges 2:20-22 with Thomas F. Torrance." Participatio 8 (2020): 46-64; #2020-EHPB-1
Discussed in the Reading Group on April 8, 2021: Video.
This article seeks to read Judges 2:20-22 in light of T. F. Torrance’s contributions to theology. In this pericope, the Lord directly charges Israel for their unfaithfulness and punishes them by refusing to drive out the nations in order to “test them” and thereby expose their sin and need for atonement. Torrance’s understanding of Israel’s vital role in the history of redemption and Christ’s fulfillment of that role in his mediating work of incarnation and atonement greatly contribute to the church’s interpretation of this pivotal passage in the introduction of the book of Judges.
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