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What is God like?Answering this is the great quest of human existence. Because God is so different from us, we struggle to describe him. While doctrinal statements about God certainly have their place in Christian understanding, the Bible more often uses God's actions and roles to help us know him better. Indeed, some of the most helpful insights in Scripture arise when God is compared to something else: a rock, an eagle or a tower. And many "human" metaphors--metaphors taken from the world of actions and relationships--bring us even closer to understanding of God.In Portraits of God, Allan Coppedge suggests we look carefully at God as our Father, Redeemer, King, Judge, Priest and Creator. These portraits taken together give us an understaning of the Holy One for which no single category is adequate. These images work their way through the whole of Scripture. They are the doorway allowing us into the mysteries of God's very being.In Portraits of God, Coppedge offers a comprehensive survey, picturing a God who wants to be known personally and who has profoundly communicated himself. Coppedge finds the inexhaustible nature of God to be one of holiness reflected in and best described by the language of diverse roles. Approaching God in this way transforms us, as churches and individuals, to reflect God's own holy character. This is a book for students, pastors and churchgoers alike. Anyone desiring to know more deeply and wholly the Christian God revealed in the Bible will find in Portraits of God a treasure of scholarship and truth.
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Studio: InterVarsity Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 5.9" Height: 1.5" Weight: 1.6 lbs.
Release Date May 31, 2001
Publisher IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN 0830815600 ISBN13 9780830815609
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More About Allan Coppedge
Coppedge is Beeson Professor of Christian Theology at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, where he has taught for more than 20 years.
Allan Coppedge currently resides in Wilmore, in the state of Kentucky.
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A Great Theological Reference Jan 19, 2009
Portraits of God A Biblical Theology of Holiness
By Allan Coppedge
Published: November 2008 ISBN: 978-0-8308-3864-6
IVP has published a jewel with this book. Though it is difficult to read and the author could have actually lengthened the 400 pages by expounding a little more on the text (who would think that anyone would want a 400 page book to be longer?), the book has the potential to serve as a classic reference on the holiness of God, the attributes of God, and their doctrinal and practical importance.
Coppedge's Wesleyan theology shines through the pages of this book. That should not put off the reader whose bent is toward a Calvinistic framework, however. The center of this book is the God whom Calvinists and Arminians worship.
The author begins the book by seeking to define and describe holiness. After doing so, he then proceeds to expound upon various attributes of the holy God. As he does so he goes from the Old Testament to the New so as to demonstrate the unity of the Bible. That is a wonderful thing to this reviewer.
As well as establishing that God is the same in all ages, the author also shows an admirable concern for Trinitarian theology by demonstrating that each attribute of holiness is part of the essence of each Divine Person. It will be difficult to heap too much praise upon this aspect of the author's work.
The author then proceeds to demonstrate how each attribute of holiness should lead to the Christian's personal holiness; because God calls us to be holy as He is holy.
While this book is geared toward the academic community, there is great value for the "normal" Christian in the pew. Though the book is a hard read, the book is of great value to those who are serious about serving God. The book is immensely theological while immensely practical. Committed Christians should certainly consider taking the time (more time than the two weeks of review reading by this reviewer.) to read the book , take notes, run the references, and pray over becoming more like this holy God whom we serve.
The greater probability is that this book will end up on the shelves of Bible college and seminary libraries, as well as in the offices of dedicated pastor/theologians. This book will certainly remain in the theological library of the pastor who reviewed it. It is of great value as a reference when studying the attributes of God.