God Who Became Human, The: A Biblical Theology of Incarnation (New Studies In Biblical Theology Series)
The study of themes plays a major part in biblical theology, and great events and roles that are pivotal in Christology can be successfully placed in a 'promise-fulfilment' framework. However, is incarnation an anomaly? Was incarnation part of the hope...
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The study of themes plays a major part in biblical theology, and great events and roles that are pivotal in Christology can be successfully placed in a 'promise-fulfilment' framework. However, is incarnation an anomaly? Was incarnation part of the hope of Israel?
Graham Cole's stimulating study addresses such questions. He begins by exploring the purpose of creation in terms of God fashioning a palace-temple for dwelling with the creature made in the divine image, then follows God's acts in Israel's history to redeem a people of his own among whom he can dwell. In particular, he examines theophanic language: God is presented as a person who speaks, acts and feels as though embodied. He considers Israel's messianic hope, and then the testimony of the New Testament: 'The Word became flesh and dwelt among us' (John 1:14), in the person of Jesus Christ.
Cole also addresses the question raised by Anselm - 'Why did God become man?' - and finds abundant New Testament answers. He concludes with a consideration of the theological and existential significance of the incarnation.
Readers will gain a deeper appreciation of the astonishing providence of God that subtly prepared the way for the mystery of the incarnation, and of the depth of love that God showed in sending the beloved Son who became human.
'Although considerable effort in biblical theology has been devoted to such messianic themes as the Davidic monarch, the priesthood, and the temple, relatively little has been devoted to the incarnation. This volume by Dr Graham Cole takes steps to fill the need ... it is immensely satisfying to find an able systematician wrestling with the biblical texts ... not least on a topic as central to Christian faith as this one'
- D. A. Carson
Graham A. Cole (Th.D., Australian College of Theology) is Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois. Previously he was Principal of Ridley College, University of Melbourne, and a lecturer at Moore Theological College, Sydney.
He has contributed numerous articles to periodicals and books, including the New Dictionary of Christian Apologetics; Engaging with the Holy Spirit; and a major work on the Holy Spirit- He Who Gives Life: The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit, and most recently on the atonement, God the Peacemaker (New Studies in Biblical Theology).
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