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Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament (Knowing God Through the Old Testament Set) Paperback – April 8, 1995

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Christopher J. H. Wright (PhD, Cambridge) is international ministries director of the Langham Partnership, providing literature, scholarships and preaching training for pastors in Majority World churches and seminaries. He has written several books including commentaries on Deuteronomy, Jeremiah, Lamentations and Ezekiel, The Mission of God, Old Testament Ethics for the People of God and Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament. An ordained pastor in the Church of England, Chris spent five years teaching the Old Testament at Union Biblical Seminary in India, and thirteen years as academic dean and then principal of All Nations Christian College, an international training center for cross-cultural mission in England. He was chair of the Lausanne Theology Working Group from 2005-2011, and the chief architect of The Cape Town Commitment, from the Third Lausanne Congress, 2010.
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Product Details

  • Series: Knowing God Through the Old Testament Set
  • Paperback: 267 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Academic (April 8, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830816933
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830816934
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christopher J. H. Wright (Ph.D., Cambridge) was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. His doctorate is in Old Testament ethics. He taught Old Testament in India for five years (1983-1988) at Union Biblical Seminary, and then returned to the faculty of All Nations Christian College, a missionary training school in England, where he was principal from 1993-2001.

Wright is now the international director of the Langham Partnership International (known in the United States as John Stott Ministries), providing literature, scholarships and preaching training for pastors in Majority World churches and seminaries.

He has written several books including commentaries on Deuteronomy and Ezekiel, Old Testament Ethics for the People of God and Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament. An ordained Anglican, he serves on the staff of All Souls Church, Langham Place, London, England.

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When scholars write popular books, it is sometimes evident that they are speaking a strange tongue. Chris Wright's semi-popular biblical theology does not suffer this deficiency. Wright wears his scholarship lightly and writes with a good preacher's respect for his audience's intelligence and lack of awareness of the issues that detain and entertain the specialist. The result is a solid and enriching example of a mature hermeneutic that takes the Old Testament seriously in its own right, and then seeks in it a witness to Jesus.

The organization of the book's five chapters underscores the book's unwavering focus on both the Old Testament and on Jesus. Wright names them, respectively, 'Jesus and the Old Testament Story', 'Jesus and the Old Testament Promise', 'Jesus and his Old Testament Identity', 'Jesus and his Old Testament Mission', 'Jesus and his Old Testament Values'. The result is a confessionally Christian biblical-theological treatment of the texts that avoids and occasionally critiques the hermeneutical blunders that bedevil much Christian proclamation of Old Testament texts.

In his first chapter ('... Story', pp. 1-54), Wright presents a fairly conventional survey of Old Testament history and literature. I use the term with no pejorative meaning, for Wright is convinced the average Christian knows little of this material, and so his task is essentially remedial. Indeed, his method has biblical precedent, for example in Stephen's speech in Acts chapter seven.

The author takes his cues from the manner in which the gospels frame their protagonist in terms of his relationship to a heritage that we know principally from the pages of the Old Testament.
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In this book, Christopher Wright attacks the popular idea that we can know Jesus without knowing the Old Testament (an idea expressed through biblical illiteracy and an emphasis on "New Testament" Christianity). His thesis--"the Old Testament tells the story which Jesus completes" (2)--is well defended on every page. I especially valued his insights into how Jesus rooted his identity in both God's declaration at his baptism as well as scriptural promises regarding Isaac, David, and the "servant of the Lord" (from Isaiah). Highly recommended.
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An intriguing passage in the New Testament (NT) states, "Beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He interpreted for them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures." (Luke 24:27). Christopher Wright's book titled `Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament' gives a reasonable answer to what Jesus may have told these disciples from Emmaus. Many NT Christians believe they can fully know Jesus without knowing the Old Testament (OT). On page two, Wright states "The Old Testament tells the story which Jesus completes." Even the NT needs to be read in light of the OT. Wright draws out the identity, mission and values of Jesus. Jesus completes the OT promises in surprising ways. Wright deals with the popular idea that Christians can know Jesus without knowing the OT.
This book sheds light on how Jesus used and completed the OT message in relation to His identity, mission and values. The author fleshes out 5 comprehensive themes each close to 50 pages in length. The NT book of Matthew chapters one to four are the primary text Wright uses to expound his five main points. The reader will gain a clear understanding of Jesus' life mission and destiny as the book is read through. The comprehensive vision of God's redemptive plan and purpose is the main theme throughout the book.
I highly recommend this book as a strong introduction to understanding Jesus in light of the OT. It goes well beyond the typical work that merely shows the OT types and how Christ was hidden all along waiting to be discovered in the OT. The hermeneutical principles used by the author focus on the biblical text in its original context and then the theological principles are extracted from the text. The author avoids a textual criticism approach.
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INTRODUCTION
In his book, Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament, Christopher J. H. Wright argues that a complete understanding of the person and work of Jesus is dependent upon an appreciation of His understanding and relationship to the Old Testament. While the subject matter and Wright's presentation are captivating, the theological ramifications of his assertions range from deeply thought-provoking to troublingly unorthodox.

In his preface, Wright succinctly and passionately declares that "in reading the Hebrew scriptures I am handling something that gives me a closer common link with Jesus than any archaeological artefact [sic] could do." Wright is an accomplished author and pastor, as well as the head of Langham Partnership International (John Stott Ministries in the U.S.A.). His book seeks to guide the reader to a deeper understanding of Christ by shedding Old Testament light on His place in history and the grand plan of God, as well as Jesus' own values and understanding of His identity and mission. His contention is that "the deeper you go into understanding the Old Testament, the closer you come to the heart of Jesus" (Wright, ix).

BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE BOOK
In this particular work, Wright digs deep into the narratives of the Old Testament to uncover the cultural expectations and messianic thought that set the stage for Jesus' entry into the world and then coalesces all of it in light of the full New Testament revelation to show the redemptive purposes of God woven throughout.
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