Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament (Knowing God Through the Old Testament Set) 0002 Edition, Kindle Edition
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Christopher J. H. Wright (PhD, Cambridge) is the international director of the Langham Partnership International. He is the author of Old Testament Ethics for the People of God and The Mission of God.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B00QKKJ94C
- Publisher : IVP Academic; 0002 edition (October 3, 2014)
- Publication date : October 3, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 1892 KB
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- Print length : 289 pages
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- Best Sellers Rank: #134,217 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Wright's discussion of the Old Testament identity of Christ is powerful and helpful in many ways. Wright asks a poignant question at the beginning of the chapter, simply writing, "But who was Jesus?" (109). A simple question with vast implications. He anchors Jesus in his identity as God's son by referencing Psalm 2:7 and its tie to the Davidic line and its later messianic readings and by anchoring him as the promised son, as an anti-type to Isaac, who was Abraham's promised son (112). Wright goes onto talk about typology and how it should be understood before branching out more widely to discuss what a Father-Son dynamic would have looked like in Israelite culture and later Jewish interpretation. In general, this is a powerful chapter for understanding the context of the dynamic between Jesus and his Father, but more specifically, it gives some highlights for how we can understand Jesus' mission and what it means to be a member of God's family.
The ethics and values of Jesus are based in his reading and understanding of the Hebrew Bible. Wright at one point writes, "In short, to 'love your neighbor as yourself' (Lev. 19:18, 34) is not a revolutionary new love ethic invented by Jesus. It was the fundamental ethical demand of Old testament holiness, which Jesus reaffirmed and sharpened in some cases." (202). Here Wright lays out how the Old Testament's seemingly harsh laws for holiness should be understood and how they deeply influenced Jesus. One cannot say, "I love the loving message of Jesus but hate the harshness of the Old Testament." That sentence is incompatible, as all of Jesus' message has its root in the Old Testament. The Old Testament when properly understood is shown to be heavily concerned with the question of justice and love, far and above that of perceived religiosity and self-righteousness.
The bonus is each chapter has a review and application questions for in depth study either as a group or serious self-study.
I will most definitely be reading much more of Christopher Wright!