Bearing God’s Name: Why Sinai Still Matters

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Bearing God’s Name
Why Sinai Still Matters


Have you ever wondered what the Old Testament—especially the Old Testament law—has to do with your Christian life?

You are not alone. Some Christian leaders believe we should cast off the Old Testament now that we have the New. Carmen Joy Imes disagrees.

In this warm, accessible volume, Imes takes readers back to Sinai, the ancient mountain where Israel met their God, and explains the meaning of events there. She argues that we’ve misunderstood the command about “taking the Lord’s name in vain.” Instead, Imes says that this command is about “bearing God’s name,” a theme that continues throughout the rest of Scripture. Readers will revisit the story of Israel as they trudge through the wilderness from a grueling past to a promising future. The story of Israel turns out to be our story too, and you’ll discover why Sinai still matters as you follow Jesus today.


Carmen Joy Imes (PhD, Wheaton) is associate professor of Old Testament at Prairie College, in Three Hills, Alberta. A graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, she is the author of Bearing YHWH’s Name at Sinai.

Imes is also a regular contributor to The Well and she serves on the board of directors of the Institute for Biblical Research. She is also a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Society of Biblical Literature. She lives in Alberta, Canada, with her husband, Danny, and two of their three children.

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Weight 350 g
Dimensions 213 × 137 × 18 mm

Imes, Carmen Joy, (Author), Wright, Christopher J. H., (Foreword)

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IVP Academic (2019), 240 pages

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