It's almost second nature for Christians to call God Father. Jesus taught his followers as much, although for them it was apparently a surprising practice. The worshiping community of the Old Testament used fatherly images for understanding God's character and actions, but "Father" was not a common way for believers to address God. In Knowing God the Father Through the Old Testament, Christopher Wright explores in depth the images that pervade the biblical narratives, psalms and prophetic texts of the Old Testament. God is acknowledged as tender yet terrifying, challenging to the nations and yet intimately personal, offering loving care, provision, discipline and forgiveness. This is the God whom Jesus knew, and whom we can know, as Father. Such knowledge of God is far from merely devotional or doctrinal, but governs our worldview, personal and social ethics, and expectations of the future.
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Christopher J. H. Wright (PhD, Cambridge) is international ministries director of the Langham Partnership, providing literature, scholarships, and preaching training for pastors in Majority World churches and seminaries. He has written many books including commentaries on Deuteronomy, Jeremiah, Lamentations, and Ezekiel, The Mission of God, Cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit, Old Testament Ethics for the People of God, and Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament. An ordained priest in the Church of England, Chris spent five years teaching the Old Testament at Union Biblical Seminary in India, and thirteen years as academic dean and then principal of All Nations Christian College, an international training center for cross-cultural mission in England. He was chair of the Lausanne Theology Working Group from 2005-2011 and the chief architect of The Cape Town Commitment from the Third Lausanne Congress, 2010.Review:
"The reviewer commends it as a volume that will reward careful readers willing to reflect on its author's numerous perceptive insights." (Robert B. Chisholm, Bibliotheca Sacra, October-December 2010)
"Wright capably demonstrates proper theological methodology while performing limied exegetical evaluation of the biblical text, demonstrating a biblical theological approach that can be grasped by the common reader." (R. Alan Fuhr, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, March 2009)
"An experience of biblical theology from which any believer can benefit." (Dianne Bergant, The Bible Today, May 2009)
"Here is theology that feeds the soul in an immediate way, without getting sentimental. Pastors and church members will be rewarded in pocking up this work and meditating on the various topics that fill out a Christian understanding of who God is as our Father." (Mark D. Vander Hart, Mid-America Journal of Theology, vol. 19)
"I had originally expected an academic treatment of God the Father in the Old Testament (OT) with many references to Hebrew grammar but this is not what I got. What I did get was a very easy to read, somewhat devotional treatment of God as Father in the OT." (Nick Norelli, Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth, December 14, 2007)
"A great starting point for sermons on the nature of God and His will." (Pulpit Helps, December 2007)
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