Grasp a deeper understanding for the astonishing providence of God that prepared the way for the incarnation and the most unfathomable expression of love in history.
Why did God become human? Anselm asked this question and it is doubtless that innumerable believers pondered similar questions. Graham Cole stimulating study The God Who Became Human begins by examining God's purpose in human creation and why the creature was made as temple for the divine image. He then traces the unfolding of this theme as it leads to salvation in Israel's history.
Theophanic language takes center stage throughout the study-as Scripture presents God as a person with human-like capabilities of speech, feeling, and at times seemingly embodied. He then explores Israel's messianic hope, and then the testimony of the New Testament and its relationship to the Old Testament testimony. Cole then answers Anselm's question, finding numerous answers in the New Testament.
Seeking an answer to Anselm's timeless question, "Why did God become man?" Graham Cole follows Old Testament themes of preparation, theophany and messianic hope through to the New Testament witness to the divinely foretold event. He concludes with a consideration of the theological and existential implications of the incarnation of God.
Graham A. Cole is Anglican Professor of Divinity at Beeson Divinity School, Birmingham, Alabama. Previously he served as professor of biblical and systematic theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and principal of Ridley College, Melbourne. He is the author of (NSBT), and numerous articles in periodicals and books.
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