God's Unfaithful Wife: A Biblical Theology of Spiritual Adultery, By Raymond C. Ortlund Jr. alt

God's Unfaithful Wife

A Biblical Theology of Spiritual Adultery

New Studies in Biblical Theology


by Raymond C. Ortlund Jr.
Series edited by D. A. Carson

God's Unfaithful Wife
  • Length: 200 pages
  • Published: February 10, 2016
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: 8217
  • ISBN: 9780830882175

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The biblical theme of spiritual adultery stands in all its bluntness for a deeply offensive sin—the unfaithfulness of God's covenant people in departing from Yahweh, their husband, and going after false gods.

Raymond C. Ortlund Jr. begins by showing how the Genesis vision of human marriage provides the logic and coherent network of meanings for the story of Israel's relationship with Yahweh. He traces the specific theme of marital unfaithfulness, first through the historical books of the Old Testament and then through the prophets, particularly Hosea, Jeremiah and Ezekiel. Turning to the New Testament he also shows how the sad story of Israel's adultery is transcended by the vision of ultimate reality in Christ and his church—the Bridegroom and the Bride.

This beautifully written book, a New Studies in Biblical Theology volume, is marked by careful exegesis and deep sensitivity. It is that rare thing—a work of scholarship that calls readers to love God with an ardor that suffuses all of life.

Addressing key issues in biblical theology, the works comprising New Studies in Biblical Theology are creative attempts to help Christians better understand their Bibles. The NSBT series is edited by D. A. Carson, aiming to simultaneously instruct and to edify, to interact with current scholarship and to point the way ahead.

This book was previously published under the title Whoredom.

"Not only does the development of this theme link large swathes of the canon together, but it simultaneously discloses the profoundly personal nature of God's covenanted love, exposes the odium of spiritual adultery, and conversely, enriches our view of marriage."

D. A. Carson, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deerfield, Illinois)


Series Preface
1. In the Beginning: Human Marriage as "One Flesh"
2. Playing the Harlot
3. Committing Great Harlotry
4. Under Every Green Tree
5. In Every Public Square
6. The Ultimate Marriage as "One Spirit"
7. Concluding Reflections
Appendix: The Harlot Metaphor and Feminist Interpretation
Index of Scripture References
Index of Authors


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Ortlund (Ph.D., Unversity of Aberdeen) is senior minister at Immanuel Church in Nashville, Tennessee. He has pastored churches in California, Oregon and Georgia and was formerly professor of Old Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He is also the author of A Passion for God (Eerdmans).

D. A. Carson

D. A. Carson is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois.