Author’s Forum and Book Signing Features John Goldingay
Event celebrates the launch of the Old Testament for Everyone series
John Goldingay, David Allan Hubbard Professor of Old Testament, spoke on his newly released books Genesis for Everyone (Parts 1 and 2) at an author’s forum and book signing on Tuesday, March 9. The event, hosted by Westminster John Knox Press and held at the David Allan Hubbard Library, launched the first volumes of the new Old Testament for Everyone series, which follows on the heels of the successful New Testament for Everyone commentaries by N. T. Wright.
Goldingay will be the sole author of the series, which will include a total of 17 volumes with 4 books released each year, a feat causing him to comment, “Writing a commentary on the entire Old Testament seemed like an entirely crazy idea.” But Goldingay decided to take the challenge, acknowledging, “One hundred years ago, it seemed impossible to take the authority of the Word of God seriously and also to take a historical-critical approach to Scripture. I hope to bring those together in this series.”
After reading excerpts from the first volume and speaking about his writing process, Goldingay and Fuller President Richard J. Mouw engaged in a question and answer time about how Goldingay tackled the tough topics in the book of Genesis. Later, the floor was opened for questions from the audience. In response to one question about the title Genesis for Everyone, Goldingay noted that we must read Scripture together and in community. He stated, “The Bible is the people’s book, not an individual’s book.”
Before coming to Fuller in 1997, John Goldingay was principal and a professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at St. John's Theological College in Nottingham, England. He is the author of several books including Old Testament Theology Vol. 1-3 (2009), Walk On (2002), and Men Behaving Badly (2000), as well as commentaries on Daniel, Isaiah, and Psalms.