'Return to Me': A Biblical Theology of Repentance, Vol. 35 (New Studies in Biblical Theology)
'Return to Me': A Biblical Theology of Repentance, Vol. 35 (New Studies in Biblical Theology)
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  • 232 Pages
  • Publisher : InterVarsity Press
  • Publication Date : June 2015

'Return to Me': A Biblical Theology of Repentance, Vol. 35 (New Studies in Biblical Theology)

Boda, Mark J.

Repairs a glaring gap in recent scholarship on the theme of repentance, and reminds us why “the entire life of believers should be one of repentance.” Guiding readers in a covenantally framed study on the theme of repentance, Boda walks readers from Genesis through Revelation, pointing toward fellowship with the Son as the endgame of his repentance.
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"Return to me, says the LORD of hosts, and I will return to you," (Zech 1:3 ESV).

Repentance concerns the repair of a relationship with God disrupted by human sin. All the major phases of church history have seen diversity and controversy over the doctrine. The first of Luther's famous ninety-five theses nailed to the church door in Wittenburg in 1517 stated that 'the entire life of believers should be one of repentance'. In recent times, two divisive debates within evangelicalism over 'lordship salvation" and "hypergrace" have had repentance at their core.

The theme of repentance is evident in almost every Old and New Testament corpus. However, it has received little sustained attention over the past half-century of scholarship, which has been largely restricted to word studies or focused on a particular text or genre. Studies of the overall theology of the Bible have typically given the theme only passing mention.

In response, Mark Boda offers a comprehensive overview of the theological witness of Scripture to the theme of repentance in this New Studies in Biblical Theology volume. The key to understanding is not simply to be found in word studies, but also in the broader meaning of texts as these communicate through a variety of words, images and stories. The importance of repentance in redemptive history is emphasized. It is fundamentally a return to intimate fellowship with the triune God, our Creator and redeemer. This relational return arises from the human heart and impacts attitudes, words and actions.