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  • Series: New Studies in Biblical Theology (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Academic (February 28, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830826149
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830826148
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Not only does the development of this theme link large swathes of the canon together, but it simultaneously discloses the profoundly personal nature of God's covenanted love, exposes the odium of spiritual adultery, and conversely, enriches our view of marriage." (D. A. Carson, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deerfield, Illinois))

About the Author

Ortlund (Ph.D., Unversity of Aberdeen) is senior minister at Immanuel Church in Nashville, Tennessee. He has pastored churches in California, Oregon and Georgia and was formerly professor of Old Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He is also the author of A Passion for God (Eerdmans).

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James R. Carmichael, Jr.
This book is an excellent resource and and was very helpful to me in defining the contours of spiritual sin especially from the perspective of the OT.
Eric Mabbott
When viewing the New Testament as the Old Testament Prophesy fulfilled, the books referred to in this work make the New Testament even richer.
Patrick Mceldrew

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By James R. Carmichael, Jr. on August 28, 2009
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This book has given me a fresh perspective from which to view the OT. I think it also gives new understanding to the Song of Songs. This book has been an eye opener into how to read the OT, as he traces Israel's adultery, from Scripture, throughout the OT. This work provides another means of viewing our own bondage to sin, and how marvelous is the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ in saving us from it. Ortlund's knowledge of Hebrew is impressive, which I expected, and his in-depth study, exploring Hebrew syntax and grammar, BHS, the Talmud, Vulgate and LXX in his exegesis is very helpful in my own study. Thank you sir. I highly recommend this work.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. Johnson on January 28, 2009
when I first jumped into this book I asked myself why change the name from the original. This book is so compelling on many levels. If you're looking for a great source of material in the background of spiritual adultery Ray Ortlunds God's Unfaithful Wife ( Whoredom ) is a must read
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In God's Unfaithful Wife, Ray Ortlund, Jr traces the common theme of spiritual adultery through the Bible. This book is the second in the series, New Studies in Biblical Theology. It is the fourth book in this series I have read, and all have been excellent. In chapter one,
Ortlund explores the “one-flesh” unity for male and female as described in Genesis 2 because the marital bond provides the foundation for the biblical use of the metaphor of the harlot. He traces the specific theme of marital unfaithfulness, first through selected passages in the Old Testament historical books and then through the prophets, particularly Hosea, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Micah. He then moves toward completion in the New Testament, demonstrating that Jesus and the NT writers share the OT’s concern that God’s people remain faithful in their relationship with the Lord. In addition, the NT writers anticipate a day when Jesus Christ will take the church as His bride. In a brief conclusion, Ortlund reflects on some the hermeneutical, theological and pastoral implications of his study.

Ortlund has created a work that is needed in the church today. By taking us beyond the academic to the practical, he shows us that God treats our spiritual adultery, our idolatry, pretty seriously. The drastic nature of the Bible’s language in this area brings us face to face with the ugliness of our sin and our deep need for a Savior. Although this is a work of scholarship and careful exegesis, Ortlund’s work is quite readable.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Mceldrew on October 10, 2011
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An excellent book, I have recently started exploring the Old Testament and find this book does very well exploring the prophetic image of recurring and abusive unrepentant adultery as a metaphor for the practice of idolatry which so many Christians have difficulty resisting. When viewing the New Testament as the Old Testament Prophesy fulfilled, the books referred to in this work make the New Testament even richer.
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