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We Become What We Worship

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The heart of the biblical understanding of idolatry, argues Gregory Beale, is that we take on the characteristics of what we worship. Analyzes and describes the understanding of idolatry in Isaiah as becoming like what we worship ^Reviews...


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The heart of the biblical understanding of idolatry, argues Gregory Beale, is that we take on the characteristics of what we worship. Analyzes and describes the understanding of idolatry in Isaiah as becoming like what we worship ^Reviews and evaluates other biblical notions of idolatry in relation to Isaiah's understanding ^Demonstrates and explores the presence of this understanding of idolatry throughout the entire Bible ^Applies this biblical understanding of idolatry to contemporary Christian life ^^Employing Isaiah 6 as his interpretive lens, Beale demonstrates that this understanding of idolatry permeates the whole canon, from Genesis to Revelation. Beale concludes with an application of the biblical notion of idolatry to the challenges of contemporary life.
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"The heart of the biblical understanding of idolatry, argues G. K. Beale, is that we take on the characteristics of what we worship Employing Isaiah 6 as his interpretive lens, Beale demonstrates that this understanding of idolatry permeates the whole canon, from Genesis to Revelation. Beale concludes his study with an application of the biblical notion of idolatry to the challenges of contemporary life."--BOOK JACKET.
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G K Beale

G. K. Beale (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is Visiting Professor of New Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary, PA- while holding the position of Kenneth T. Wessner Professor of New Testament at Wheaton College Graduate School in Wheaton, Illinois. His books include The Book of Revelation (New International Greek Testament Commentary), 1-2 Thessalonians (The IVP New Testament Commentary Series), The Right Doctrine from the Wrong Texts? Essays on the Use of the Old Testament in the New, John's Use of the Old Testament in Revelation and The Temple and the Church's Mission: A Biblical Theology of the Dwelling Place of God. He is also a contributor to the New Dictionary of Biblical Theology and his most recent works are We Become What We Worship: A Biblical Theology of Idolatry, Colossians, Philemon (Baker Exegetical Commentary of the New Testament) and The Pastorals (Zondervan Exegetical Commentary).
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  • Abbreviations
  • Prefaces
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. A Foundational Example Of Becoming Like What We Worship: Isaiah 6
  • 3. Becoming Like What We Worship: Evidence Elsewhere In The Old Testament
  • 4. The Origin Of Idolatry In The Old Testament
  • 5. Becoming Like What We Worship: Judaism
  • 6. Becoming Like What We Worship: The Gospels
  • 7. Idolatry In Acts
  • 8. Becoming Like What We Worship: Paul's Epistles
  • 9. Becoming Like What We Worship: The Book Of Revelation
  • 10. The Reversal From Reflecting The Image Of Idols To Reflecting God's Image
  • 11. Conclusion: So What Difference Does It Make?
  • Bibliography
  • Author Index
  • Index Of Ancient Sources
  • Scripture Index

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