From the September, 2007 issue of Touchstone
Shades of Sheol by Peter J. Leithart

Shades of Sheol

Resurrection and the Restoration of Israel: The Ultimate Victory of the God of Life
by Jon D. Levenson
Yale University Press, 2006
(304 pages, $40.00, hardcover)

reviewed by Peter J. Leithart

When Paul commends the faith of Abraham in Romans 4, he commends not only the fact but also the content of Abraham’s faith. Like Abraham, Christians are called to trust in the God who raises the dead. For Paul, the faith of Israel has always been faith in the God who gives new life on the far side of the grave.

After his resurrection, Jesus spent forty days opening the minds of his disciples to understand the Scriptures. According to Jesus, the Scriptures teach “that the Chr . . .


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