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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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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful way of portraying Jesus throughout Scripture and to grasp a clear understanding of Jesus' s relation to Old Testament prophesies and God's relationship with Israel.Published 14 months ago by Ileana La Torre
Wright defines in this book the connection between the Old Testament and Christ. He works under the guiding premise that Jesus learned who He was to become through reading the Old... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Kyle Latchaw
Replacement theology is a clear foundational element of this book.Published 16 months ago by Christopher Davis
Easy reading with a lot of insight into how the OT points to Jesus.Published 17 months ago by Stephen Norbrey