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Jesus as Torah in John 1-12 [Paperback]

By Dan Lioy (Author)
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In this study of John 1 12, the author develops the thesis that Jesus is the divine, incarnate Torah, and that Jesus as Torah is the conceptual center of the Fourth Gospel. An overarching goal of the treatise is to explore the Evangelist s portrait of Jesus as the fulfillment of the Mosaic law. Connected with this aim is the central thesis that the Messiah appears in the Gospel of John as the realization of all the law s redemptive-historical types, prophecies, and expectations. A corresponding major claim is that those who trust in Jesus for eternal life and heed his teaching satisfy fully the requirements of the moral law recorded in Scripture. An examination of John 1 12 substantiates the truth that Jesus is the perfection of the gift of the Tanakh. He existed in the beginning with the Father and Spirit as God. The eternal Torah is light and life, fulfillment and joy, in fellowship with the triune God for all eternity. The divine Tanakh, by becoming incarnate, revealed the glory of the Father and made the fullness of God s grace and truth available to humankind. The living Word not only provides salvation but in so doing unveils the loving and redeeming heart of the Father for all to see. The Son of God is the one to whom all the Old Testament luminaries such as Abraham, Jacob, Moses, and Isaiah pointed, and in whom their eschatological hopes were realized. The Anointed One is greater than and supreme over all the religious institutions once associated with the Jerusalem tabernacle and temple. Even such Jewish festivals as the Feast of Tabernacles, Pentecost, Dedication, and Passover find their fulfillment in the Messiah. This volume is appropriate for personal study and is also suitable as a college and seminary text. Dan Lioy is a postgraduate supervisor with the South African Theological Seminary. He is the author of In Search of Ultimate Reality (2005), The Decalogue in the Sermon on the Mount (2004), and The Book of Revelation in Christological Focus (2003).

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Studio: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Pages   307
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.95" Width: 6.14" Height: 0.68"
Weight:   0.82 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2007
Publisher   Wipf & Stock Publishers
ISBN  1556354754  
ISBN13  9781556354755  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Dan Lioy, PhD, is an ordained minister with the Evangelical Church Alliance and a Professor in the School of Continuing Theological Studies at North-West University in South Africa. After receiving an undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California, Dan earned a master's degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and a doctorate from the Potchefstroom Campus of North-West University. Dan has worked as a freelance editor and writer, a hospital chaplain, and a college administrator. Dan lives in Salem, Oregon, with his wife, Marcia.

Dan Lioy currently resides in Salem, in the state of Oregon.

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Review pt. 1  Jan 10, 2008
Book Review Part 1 (covering chp. 1, "The Framework and Intent of This Study")

Dr. Lioy first contends that there exists prevailing moral frameworks, namely those of "entitlement" and "merit". Quoting, "Both a culture of entitlement ("it's all about me") and a culture of merit ("you only get what you earn") embody a religion of self in which people believe they are the measure of all things" (p. 3)

Sadly, I would have to admit that such paradigms exist within Evangelicalism. Lioy notes the existence of such as well, whether it be the contemporary fascination with being in God's blessing and living a happy life, or earning God's favor through strict aestheticism and legalism. Both paradigms are self-centered. One feels obligated to God's blessing, while another seeks to earn God's blessing. Both make much of self.

Lioy suggests that a better alternative is "humility", a simple acknowledgment of our subordinate role in God's purposes. This definitely contrasts the triumphalism and entitlement mentality found in the "word of faith" movement, that views God as a vending machine that drops blessings at our command. Humility also contrasts the wicked pride that grows in one who, by legalism, thinks himself more worthy than others...thus boasting in ones works as the deciding factor in God's disposition towards us.

I hate the piety that flows from these two negative paradigms. Both understand the Gospel as God making much of us, when the glorious Gospel is really us being able to make much of Him in sheer delight and ever-increasing joy.

The superiority of Jesus is noted by Lioy, "During his lifetime, Moses beheld God's glory, especially in the giving of the law at Sinai. The Messiah's followers see an even greater manifestation of God's glory in Jesus as Torah (1:14). Beginning with John the Baptizer, they bear witness to the Son in a way that mirrors the testimony Moses gave to the law (1:6-8, 15)" (p. 12)

Lioy goes on to contend that Jesus is the embodiment of the Father's glory, the living breathing Torah, the purset manifestation of God's word and truth. Our relationship with God and piety should be marked by humble submission to all that Jesus is, even if it be foolish in the world's eyes.

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