We Become What We Worship
The heart of the biblical understanding of idolatry, argues Gregory 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,...
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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. ?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.??'This is an original, brilliant and most satisfying treatment of a theme central to biblical understanding, but often misunderstood or ignored in the modern church. This book requires careful study but it repays far more than it requires.'
?David F. Wells??'This profoundly insightful study of idolatry brings into the spotlight a topic of exceptional significance. Illuminating a wide range of biblical passages, Professor Beale skillfully elucidates the life-defining and transforming nature of worship, both true and false. Everyone who reads this book will be deeply challenged to reflect afresh upon the way in which what we revere shapes not only our present lives but also our future destinies.'
?T. Desmond Alexander
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).