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God's Unfaithful Wife: A Biblical Theology of Spiritual Adultery (New Studies in Biblical Theology) Paperback – March 28, 2003
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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.
While it may not seem at first glance a subject matter worth tracking through Scripture, in reality, looking closely at the topic of spiritual adultery is quite essential as it provides us an understanding of what God expects from us as well as being a teaching tool for grasping where spiritual adultery leads and how God responds. Ray Ortlund, Jr. in his excellent book God’s Unfaithful Wife: A Biblical Theology of Spiritual Adultery, walks the reader through what the Old and New Testament has to say on this issue, digging into the text along the way to extract sound theological nuggets on what exactly this has to do with us today.
As alluded to earlier, any successful biblical theological endeavor must inherently begin in Genesis, especially when it comes to this subject matter.Read more ›
God’s Unfaithful Wife is a volume dedicated to examining the theme of spiritual adultery throughout Scripture, primarily the Old Testament. Ortlund, noted commentator on books such as Proverbs and Isaiah, is a man fit for the challenge of introducing such a unique doctrine to Bible readers. Like all other NSBT volumes, Ortlund beautifully weaves together biblical theology, clear exegesis, and practical application.
The focus of the entire book is on how God’s covenanted people relate to God. Ortlund begins this journey by positing a healthy understanding of human marriage. Ortlund’s emphasis lies on marriage being a “one-flesh union” (21), and he takes time to unpack God’s design for human marriage “for an understanding of the covenanted nation’s relationship with Yahweh” (23). We know, of course, that from here God’s people explicitly become a covenant people later in Genesis. Along the way, however, God’s people begin to lose their understanding of this union with God. There is a “loss of a vivid sense of boundaries” (33).Read more ›
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Ray Ortlund is a fabulous writer. I haven't read a thing of his that I didn't enjoy. However, this book was incredible! Read morePublished 13 months ago by Denice
Although I wanted the original title (Whoredom) I couldn't bring myself to buy the ugly cover that went with it. Read morePublished on March 20, 2014 by Eric Mabbott
It was interesting to delve into the meaning of Israel as the unfaithful wife and to compare it to our own walk in the Lord.Published on March 19, 2012 by Laura Duncan
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... Read morePublished on October 10, 2011 by Patrick Mceldrew
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. Read morePublished on January 28, 2009 by D. Johnson