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Book Review: Knowing Jesus through the Old Testament
Religion and Theology
Pages 6 (1506 words)
Knowing Jesus through the Old Testament Knowing Jesus through the Old Testament is written by Christopher J.H. Wright, an ordained Anglican minister holding a doctorate in Old Testament ethics. In this book, Wright discusses the life of Christ within the framework of the Old Testament writings, providing a connection to the identity and mission of Jesus.
The author shows how the mission of Jesus was rooted on the God’s plan for Israel and how it was fulfilled through his coming as the Hebrew Messiah. The entire book provides a rich understanding of the Old Testament scriptures and its relationship to Jesus giving a deeper insight from a contemporary Christian perspective. Summary: Initially, the author connects Jesus to the promises and covenants of the Old Testament showing that only through these scriptures one could know Jesus’ mission to the world. He uses plethora of verses from the Old Testament correlating it to the biblical references for establishing the connection it holds to the point. He shows how Jesus was viewed as the son of Israel allowing the readers to get a clear knowledge about the history of Israel right from the period of Abraham. In addition, the author blatantly reinforces the ‘Jewishness’ of Jesus by establishing his identity as a Jew who fulfills the roles of Messiah and the Son of God for redemption and restoration of Israel. He rejects the notion that just because Jesus has fulfilled the God’s plans for Israel, the Old Testament is considered to be of ‘less value’. ...
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