Item description for The Shadow of the Almighty: Father, Son and Spirit in Biblical Perspective by III Ben Witherington & Laura M. Ice...
Overview An excellent introduction to Trinitarian theology. Offering a fresh perspective on the New Testament language used for God, Witherington and Ice examine the terms "Father," "Son," and "Holy Spirit" in light of early Jewish monotheism, and show how early Christians understood the nature of God. Their engaging insights reveal some surprising implications for modern faith and practice. 152 pages, softcover from Eerdmans.
Publishers Description "The Shadow of the Almighty introduces readers to the nature of God by exploring the biblical references to God as "Father," "Son," and "Holy Spirit." This fruitful approach offers fresh insight into the meaning of the biblical language used for God, giving readers the background necessary for properly understanding the trinitarian perspective of the New Testament and of the Christian faith." "Divided into four chapters, the book looks at "Father" language in early Judaism, at "Father" language in early Christianity, at "Son" language, and at language designating the Spirit. This thorough review of the traditional God language across the biblical texts shows what the earliest Christians understood by using these terms and, ultimately, what these terms mean for modern faith and practice." "While much of this material is deceptively familiar, the authors' close examination of how and where the different terms are used reveals some surprising results. It makes clear, for example, that speaking of God in trinitarian terms was not as radical a departure from early Jewish monotheism as many have thought, and it shows that while early Christianity was characterized by disparate ideas, the first Christians nevertheless shared a common understanding of God. Equally engaging findings of the book include the authors' support for the traditional gendered term "Father" when speaking about God." Complete with helpful questions at the end of each chapter, The Shadow of the Almighty provides an excellent place to begin a deeper study of God.
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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.03" Width: 6.01" Height: 0.46" Weight: 0.52 lbs.
Release Date Jan 8, 2002
Publisher Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN 0802839487 ISBN13 9780802839480
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More About III Ben Witherington & Laura M. Ice
Bible scholar Ben Witherington is Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary and on the doctoral faculty at St. Andrews University in Scotland. A graduate of UNC, Chapel Hill, he went on to receive the M.Div. degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from the University of Durham in England. He is now considered one of the top evangelical scholars in the world, and is an elected member of the prestigious SNTS, a society dedicated to New Testament studies.
Witherington has also taught at Ashland Theological Seminary, Vanderbilt University, Duke Divinity School and Gordon-Conwell. A popular lecturer, Witherington has presented seminars for churches, colleges and biblical meetings not only in the United States but also in England, Estonia, Russia, Europe, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Australia. He has also led tours to Italy, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Jordan, and Egypt.
Witherington has written over forty books, including The Jesus Quest and The Paul Quest, both of which were selected as top biblical studies works by Christianity Today. He also writes for many church and scholarly publications.
Along with many interviews on radio networks across the country, Witherington has been seen on the History Channel, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, The Discovery Channel, A&E, and the PAX Network.
Ben Witherington currently resides in the state of Kentucky. Ben Witherington was born in 1951 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Asbury Theological Seminary.
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It ain't a shack Jan 31, 2010
Two others read this with me as we did a study. At that time The Shack was the rage. Some loved that book, others were upset by it. This is a good alternate to read.
It explains the concept of the trinity in a fairly understandable manner. We did struggle with one chapter. However, we came away feeling that it gave us valuable insight into the concept. By my self, I have read a couple of other works and this is the one that has stood out to me.
The problem with The Shack is that it is a fictional work, while this is not. If you found yourself confused or having questions after reading The Shack, or have questions based on conversations with someone who has, I recommend this book. I have found that you can't go too far wrong reading Ben Witherington and this book didn't let me down,