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#E-PUB º Waiting for the Land ⚤ How Should Israel S Waiting For Their Land Shape Our Reading Of The Pentateuch, And How Should This Shape The Hope Of The Church Today Treating The Pentateuch As A Coherent And Progressive Story, Waiting For The Land Is The First Book Length Exploration Of These Questions Following An Introduction To The Pentateuch, Leder Examines Each Book, Showing That The Promise Of The Land Was Not Realized He Then Shows How The Contemporary Church Should Wait For Its Land The subtitle of this book describes its primary function it maps out the story line of the Pentateuch Leder takes seriously the five book division of the Pentateuch rather than trying to construct an outline that breaks up the Pentateuchal material differently He holds the Pentateuch follows an ABCB A pattern Leviticus is the center, framed by Exodus and Numbers Genesis and Deuteronomy frame the whole and provide the beginning and the conclusion of the narrative The central narrative problem of the Pentateuch, according to Leder, is exile from the presence of God The holiness material in Leviticus is central because it is essential to overcoming this narrative problem The heart of this book are the five chapters that examine the five books of the Pentateuch For each of these Leder provides a summary of the book, identifies the central narrative interest, identifies the narrative problem of the book, outlines key points of the plot, and traces the structure of the book.The title of the book identifies a minor theme that runs throughout Each of the five central chapters ends with a section on waiting for the land The final chapter of the book also takes up this theme Leder s basic contention is that the Pentateuch closes with Israel outside the land to show the relative unimportance of the land in comparison to God s presence Exile from Eden is not resolved by the land promise but by the presence of God among his people I remain unconvinced by this thesis, especially as it leads Leder to take the wilderness wanderings and Babylonian exile as normative for the church The conquest of Canaan and dwelling in the land are discussed in somewhat negative terms This approach would seem to make normative the judgments of Israel rather than the promises Yet if the tabernacle, the dwelling place of God, is a microcosm that also reflects Eden, then the theme of God s presence should not be separated from the land promise God intends to dwell with his people in his land which in the end will encompass all the earth This is what Exodus 33 points toward the presence of God with his people in the promised land This is not to discount some agreement with Leder there is some parallel between Israel outside the land but enjoying God s presence in the tabernacle and the church, which is the temple of God s Spirit, awaiting the renewed earth.Overall, the book is accessibly written Though it contains what I view as some missteps, and though he could have dug deeper at several points, the book also contains good insights into the themes and structure of the Pentateuch. Clear, concise depiction of the first five books of the Old Testament I think Leder could have incorporated the different depictions of the Pentateuch from various religions, to add interest.