Knowing God the Father Through the Old Testament, By Christopher J. H. Wright
Knowing God the Father Through the Old Testament
  • Length: 234 pages
  • Published: October 16, 2007
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: 2592
  • ISBN: 9780830825929

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It's almost second nature for Christians to call God Father. Jesus taught his followers as much, although for them it was apparently a surprising practice. The worshiping community of the Old Testament used fatherly images for understanding God's character and actions, but "Father" was not a common way for believers to address God.

In Knowing God the Father Through the Old Testament, Christopher Wright explores in depth the images that pervade the biblical narratives, psalms and prophetic texts of the Old Testament. God is acknowledged as tender yet terrifying, challenging to the nations and yet intimately personal, offering loving care, provision, discipline and forgiveness.

This is the God whom Jesus knew, and whom we can know, as Father. Such knowledge of God is far from merely devotional or doctrinal, but governs our worldview, personal and social ethics, and expectations of the future.

"The reviewer commends it as a volume that will reward careful readers willing to reflect on its author's numerous perceptive insights."

Robert B. Chisholm, Bibliotheca Sacra, October-December 2010

"Wright capably demonstrates proper theological methodology while performing limied exegetical evaluation of the biblical text, demonstrating a biblical theological approach that can be grasped by the common reader."

R. Alan Fuhr, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, March 2009

"An experience of biblical theology from which any believer can benefit."

Dianne Bergant, The Bible Today, May 2009

"Here is theology that feeds the soul in an immediate way, without getting sentimental. Pastors and church members will be rewarded in pocking up this work and meditating on the various topics that fill out a Christian understanding of who God is as our Father."

Mark D. Vander Hart, Mid-America Journal of Theology, vol. 19

"I had originally expected an academic treatment of God the Father in the Old Testament (OT) with many references to Hebrew grammar but this is not what I got. What I did get was a very easy to read, somewhat devotional treatment of God as Father in the OT."

Nick Norelli, Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth, December 14, 2007

"A great starting point for sermons on the nature of God and His will."

Pulpit Helps, December 2007



1 Knowing God as a Father in Action
God--The Father Who Carries
God--The Father Who Disciplines
God--The Father Who Pities
God--The Father Who Adopts

2 Knowing God Through Experience of His Grace
Introduction: Deuteronomy 4:32-40
The Uniqueness of the Experience
The Content of the Experience
The Transmission of the Experience
The Purpose of the Experience

3 Knowing God Through Exposure to His Judgment
The God Pharaoh Came to Know
The God Israel Came to Know

4 Knowing God as the Father of His People
God as Father and Israel as Son
God as Father of Israel?s King

5 Knowing God Tthrough Engaging Him in Prayer
Abraham--God?s Friend
Moses--God?s Servant

6 Knowing God Through Reflecting His Justice
Knowing God in Comparison with the Best Gifts of God
Knowing God in Contrast to the Worst Evil of Humanity

7 Knowing God Tthrough Returning to His Love
Knowledge of God Gained Through Redemption
Knowledge of God Lost Through Rebellion
Knowledge of God Restored Through Repentance

8 Knowing God in Expectation of His Victory
Gog and Magog--The Movie
What Gog and the Nations Will Know
What God?s People Will Know

9 Knowing God Tthrough Trusting in His Sovereignty
Trusting the God We Know
Living as Those Who Know God

Epilogue: How do you know that you know God?
Scripture Index


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Christopher J. H. Wright

Christopher J. H. Wright (PhD, Cambridge) is international ministries director of the Langham Partnership. He has written many books including The Mission of God, Cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit, Old Testament Ethics for the People of God, and Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament. He was chair of the Lausanne Theology Working Group from 2005-2011 and the chief architect of The Cape Town Commitment from the Third Lausanne Congress, 2010.