Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament
We cannot know Jesus without knowing his story. Today the debate over who Jesus is rages on. Has the Bible bound Christians to a narrow and mistaken notion of Jesus? Should we listen to other gospels, other sayings of Jesus,...
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We cannot know Jesus without knowing his story. Today the debate over who Jesus is rages on. Has the Bible bound Christians to a narrow and mistaken notion of Jesus? Should we listen to other gospels, other sayings of Jesus, that enlarge and correct a mistaken story? Is the real Jesus entangled in a web of the church's Scripture, awaiting liberation from our childhood faith so he might speak to our contemporary pluralistic world? To answer these questions we need to know what story Jesus claimed for himself. Christopher Wright is convinced that Jesus' own story is rooted in the story of Israel. In this revised and updated book he traces the life of Christ as it is illuminated by the Old Testament. And he describes God's design for Israel as it is fulfilled in the story of Jesus.
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 (1983-88) 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 a number of informative books for thinking Christians including commentaries on Deuteronomy (New International Bible Commentary) and Ezekiel (The Bible Speaks Today), Old Testament Ethics for the People of God, The Mission of God, the Trilogy Knowing God the Father through the Old Testament, Knowing the Holy Spirit through the Old Testament, and Knowing Jesus through the Old Testament and The Uniqueness of Jesus. An ordained Anglican, he serves on the staff of All Souls Church, Langham Place, London, England. His most recent publications are The God I Don't Understand: Reflections on Tough Questions of Faith and Salvation Belongs To Our God.
- We Cannot Know Jesus Without Knowing His Story. Today The Debate Over Who Jesus Is Rages On. Has The Bible Bound Christians To A Narrow And Mistaken Notion Of Jesus? Should We Listen To Other Gospels, Other Sayings Of Jesus, That Enlarge And Correct A Mistaken Story? Is The Real Jesus Entangled In A Web Of The Church's Scripture, Awaiting Liberation From Our Childhood Faith So He Might Speak To Our Contemporary Pluralistic World? To Answer These Questions We Need To Know What Story Jesus Claimed For Himself. Christopher Wright Is Convinced That Jesus' Own Story Is Rooted In The Story Of Israel. In This Revised And Updated Book He Traces The Life Of Christ As It Is Illuminated By The Old Testament. And He Describes God's Design For Israel As It Is Fulfilled In The Story Of Jesus.
- <strong>chapter One: Jesus And The Old Testament Story</strong>
- Jesus: A Man With A Storyjesus Was A Real Jewjesus Was A Real Manjesus Was The Son Of Davidjesus Is The End Of The Time Of Preparationjesus Is Also A New Beginningthe Story So Farfrom Abraham To Davidfrom David To The Exilefrom The Exile To The Messiahlight On The Storylight On The Oldlight On The Newa Unique Storya Universal Goala Unique Experienceisrael And Other Storiesgod In Control Of All Historythe Nations Share In Israel's Historythe Nations Share In Israel's Future
- <strong>chapter Two: Jesus And The Old Testament Promise . . . . </strong>
- 'and So Was Fulfilled'five Scenes From Jesus's Childhoodgeography And Historythe Promise Declaredpromise Involves Commitment To A Relationshippromise Requires A Response Of Acceptancepromise Involves Ongoing Levels Of Fulfillmentthe Promise Guarenteedthe Features Of Biblical Covenantsthe Covenant With Noahthe Covenant With Abrahamthe Sinai Covenantthe Covenant With Davidthe New Covenantconclusion
- <strong>chapter Three: Jesus And His Old Testament Identity . . . . </strong>
- 'this Is My Son'old Testament Pictures And Patterns'that's Just Typical'jesus As The Son Of Godgod As Father: Israel As Sonfathers And Sons In Israelite Societyisrael's Sonship And The Covenantsonship As The Foundations For Hopeisrael's Sonship And God's Universal Purpose
- <strong>chapter Four: Jesus And His Old Testament Mission . . . . </strong>
- Jewish Expectations At The Time Of Jesusjohn The Baptistthe Messiahthe Son Of Manthe Servant Of The Lordthe Mission Of The Servant In The Old Testamentthe Servant And Mission To The Gentilesour Mission In The Light Of Christ'sthe Unity And Continuity Of Mission'to The Jew First'mission In Servanthoodmission In Its Wholeness
- <strong>chapter Five: Jesus And His Old Testament Values . . . . </strong>
- Jesus Tested In The Wildernessthe Basic Orientation Of Life Before Godsimple Obediencejesus And The Lawthe Law As Response To Redemptionmotivations For Obediencethe Law's Scale Of Valuesthe Authority Of Jesusjesus And The Prophetsspiritual Loyalty To Godeconomic Issuespolitical Conflictjesus, The Psalms And The Reign Of Godthe Universal Dimensionthe Redemptive, Theocratic Dimensionthe Eschatological Dimension