Book Review | Knowing God Through the Old Testament

Knowing God Through the Old Testament brings together three of Christopher J. H. Wright‘s best-loved books: Knowing God the Father Through the Old Testament, Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament, and Knowing the Holy Spirit Through the Old Testament. This trilogy work on the Holy Trinity is also available in separate paperback volumes.

Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament is the first installment in the trilogy. It was written before it became apparent that the author would pen two separate volumes on the first and third persons of the Trinity. In this volume, Wright uncovers Jesus’ self-understanding as Son of Man and Son of God from his deep roots in the Hebrew Scriptures. It captures Jesus’ identity as the fulfillment of the Old Testament story as the promised Messiah and the exact image of the Old Testament God.

Knowing God the Father Through the Old Testament explores the attributes of God as revealed in the Old Testament. He is acknowledged as tender yet terrifying, challenging to the nations, and yet intimately personal, offering loving care, provision, discipline, and forgiveness.

Knowing the Holy Spirit Through the Old Testament traces the Holy Spirit through the pages of the Old Testament. In this volume, we see the Holy Spirit who is present and active in creation and whose presence empowered the prophets, judges, and anointed kings. We also see the Holy Spirit as the active agent in resurrection and restoration, the one who causes genuine repentance.

Knowing God Through the Old Testament is a magnificent work on the Holy Trinity and should be a staple in every Christian library. It gives light and clarity to obscure topics and themes about the triunity of God. It will not only deepen your knowledge but also your affection for our triune God. Highly recommended!


Disclosure: A review copy of the Knowing God Through the Old Testament (ISBN 9780830852437) was provided for review by InterVarsity Press, from whom you may purchase a copy.

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