The Revelation of God, By Peter Jensen
The Revelation of God
  • Length: 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 6 × 9 in
  • Published: August 20, 2002
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: 1538
  • ISBN: 9780830815388

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In modern times the Christian faith's claim to possess a unique revelation of God has faced numerous challenges.

A central issue has been the role of the Bible. While some have continued to defend the view that the Bible, inspired by God, is God's self-revelation in a direct way, others, have argued that God's self-revelation is to be found primarily in divine action or in the person of Jesus Christ, rather than in the Scriptures as such.

In a fresh approach, Peter Jensen argues that it is better to follow the biblical categories of the knowledge of God and the gospel than to start from "revelation" as an abstract concept.

First, Jensen focuses on revelation, whether special or general, from the viewpoint of the knowledge of God through the gospel. Next, he examines the nature and authority of Scripture and our approach to reading it. Finally, he turns to the revelatory work of the Holy Spirit through illumination.

The result is a creative and compelling exposition of the evangelical understanding of revelation for the contemporary scene.

"This series has been around for over a decade now and has established itself as providing learned yet accessible treatments of key topics in systematic theology. The authors are not only fine theological thinkers, they are also passionate churchmen with a love for God's people and a desire to see the church grow in her knowledge of grace. Each volume blends exegesis, theological synthesis and judicious dialogue with the history of theology to provide an excellent treatment of the chosen topic. Highly recommended for thoughtful Christians who want to deepen their knowledge of Christian theology."

Carl R. Trueman, Paul Woolley Professor of Church History, Westminster Theological Seminary

"Read everything in the IVP Contours of Theology series. Pure gold."

Kevin DeYoung, senior pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan


Series preface
1. The Gospel as Revelation
2. The Nature of the Gospel
3. The Gospel and the Knowledge of God
4. The Gospel as a Pattern of Revelation
5. Revelation and Human Experience
6. The Gospel and Religious Experience
7. The Authority of Scripture
8. The Nature of Scripture
9. On Reading Scripture
10. The Gospel and the Spirit
11. Contemporary Revelation
For Further Reading
Index of Scripture References
Index of Names
Index of Subjects


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Jensen is archbishop of the Diocese of Sydney, Australia. He was formerly principal of Moore Theological College, Sydney.