The Importance of Knowing Jesus in Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament, by Christopher J. H. Wright

The Importance of Knowing Jesus in Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament, by Christopher J. H. Wright

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In his book Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament, Christopher J. H. Wright sets out to introduce the importance of understanding Jesus and how Jesus found his identity, the goal of his own mission, and interpreted the Old Testament. The author’s intent is to show Christians who Jesus really was, by shedding some light on the father from early Hebrew scripture. Wright argues that Jesus is the fulfillment through the Old Testament. And gave validity to the events leading to the New Testament. Chris Wright was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1947, the son of missionary parents, and nurtured as an Irish Presbyterian. After university in Cambridge, he started his career as a schoolteacher in Grosvenor High School, Belfast. Today he is the International Director of the Langham Partnership International. Dr. Wright is also the author of other books such as Knowing God the Father Through the Old Testament (IVP Academic, 2007), Knowing the Holy Spirit Through the Old Testament (IVP Academic, 2006).

In the beginning of the book Wright frames an argument of a two -step process of the salvation of humanity, starting with the covenant God made with Abraham. This covenant is the first step in the genealogy analogy of not only of Jesus, but of all the nations. Wright adopts a scripture, the gospel of Matthew as a foundation for his argument and introduction to the genealogy of Jesus. He describes Jesus as the completion of the Old Testament and culmination of Gods plan to save all nations through Israel which he refers to in his text as the “Vehicles of universal promise for the human race.” Wright stresses the connection of Matthew 1: 1-17 with the fulfillment of the Old Testament promises. Also reminding the reader of ...

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...Wright has a style of writing that immediately grasps the reader’s attention of the subject as early as his introductory pages of the book. Wright accomplishes his goal of reminding the reader that Israel was to bring salvation and truth to all nations. His goal of persuading the audience that Jesus is a pivotal part of the history of Israel is established. In many passages of this book Wright early on shows Christ as the answer/fulfilment to Israel’s many years of exodus, exile, enslavement and many sufferings. He describes how he reaches this goal and introduces the audience to typology. Through typology Wright and others can understand God and Christ through out the entire scripture. “The correspondence between the Old Testament is not merely analogous, but points to the repeating patterns of God’s actual activity in history.”

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