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We Become What We Worship

A Biblical Theology of Idolatry

by G. K. Beale

We Become What We Worship
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  • Published: August 20, 2009
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  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-7808-6
  • Item Code: 7808

The heart of the biblical understanding of idolatry, argues Gregory Beale, is that we take on the characteristics of what we worship.

Employing Isaiah 6 as his interpretive lens, Beale demonstrates that this understanding of idolatry permeates the whole canon, from Genesis to Revelation. Beale concludes with an application of the biblical notion of idolatry to the challenges of contemporary life.

CONTENTS

Abbreviations
Prefaces
1. Introduction
2. A Foundational Example of Becoming Like What We Worship: Isaiah 6
3. Becoming Like What We Worship: Evidence Elsewhere in the Old Testament
4. The Origin of Idolatry in the Old Testament
5. Becoming Like What We Worship: Judaism
6. Becoming Like What We Worship: The Gospels
7. Idolatry in Acts
8. Becoming Like What We Worship: Paul's Epistles
9. Becoming Like What We Worship: The Book of Revelation
10. The Reversal from Reflecting the Image of Idols to Reflecting God's Image
11. Conclusion: So What Difference Does It Make?
Bibliography
Author Index
Index of Ancient Sources
Scripture Index

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G. K. Beale (PhD, Cambridge) is the J. Gresham Machen Chair of New Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary. He has published many books, including The Temple and the Church's Mission, We Become What We Worship, Handbook on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament, and commentaries on 1-2 Thessalonians and Revelation.

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