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God's People in God's Land: Family, Land, and Property in the Old Testament by Mr. Christopher J.H. Wright
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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.76" Width: 5.62" Height: 0.79" Weight: 0.91 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 1990
Publisher Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN 0802803210 ISBN13 9780802803214
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More About Christopher J. H. Wright
Dr. Christopher J. H. Wright is International Director of the Langham Partnership International. He also serves as chair of the Lausanne Movement's Theology Working Group and chair of the Theological Resource Panel of TEAR Fund, a leading Christian relief and development charity. He has written several books, including Living as the People of God (An Eye for an Eye in the US), God's People in God's Land, Knowing Jesus through the Old Testament, Walking in the Ways of the Lord, Deuteronomy in the New International Biblical Commentary, The Message of Ezekiel in the Bible Speaks Today series, Old Testament Ethics for the People of God, The Mission of God, and The God I Don't Understand. Chris and his wife, Liz, have four adult children and six grandchildren.
Christopher J. H. Wright was born in 1947.
Spanish Language Biography: Christopher J. H. Wright es director internacional de Langham Partnership International, donde tomo el cargo que ocupo John R. W. Stott durante treinta anos. Tambien sirve como presidente de la junta directiva del Grupo de Trabajadores del Comite Teologico Lausana y del Panel de recursos teologicos del fondo TEAR, una fundacion lider en la ayuda para cristianos y desarrollo caritativo. Es autor de un sinnumero de libros, incluyendo Conociendo a Jesus a traves del Antiguo Testamento, etica del Antiguo Testamento para log hijos de Dios, y el galardonado La Mision de Dios. Chris y su esposa, Luz, tienen cuatro hijos y cinco nietos.
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A valuable look at Mosaic social & economic ethics Aug 21, 2008
Christopher Wright convincingly shows how foundational a "theology of the land" was to Israel's laws, especially in how they were aimed at sustaining families by preserving their connection with their means of economic stability: their land. Wright even emphasizes the family-land unit's spiritual importance, seeing it as the primary means through which God related to the Israelites, though this is less convincing, especially when he claims orphans and landless strangers were disqualified from a spiritual relationship with God on account of their lack of family/land. Related to this is another strange contention of Wright's: that the fifth commandment to honor one's father and mother includes maintaining family lands to ensure the happiness of deceased ancestors!
Aside from that, Wright does a good job at exploring the debated status of three groups of "dependents" in the Old Testament: wives, children, and slaves. He shows how the Old Testament strongly recognizes their dignity and protects their humanity under the Law, even as persons within a patriarchal structure. Stand-outs include his interesting case for the right of slaves to initiate legal suits against their masters as well as his investigation of the divergent sets of slave release laws, namely the 7-year release plan and the 50-year Jubilee.
Wright's dialogue with the relevant scholarship is healthy, without drowning the reader, and in the final chapter, he makes a brief but articulate call for a "paradigmatic" application of Old Testament principles today, even though this work is not primarily focused on modern-day application. Due to this, readers will be curious to explore how to apply other parts of the Mosaic Law related to the topics surveyed by Wright (such as concubinage, perpetual slavery of foreigners, etc.). Still, God's People in God's Land remains a helpful corrective to modern misconceptions of Old Testament ethics.