Images are frequently used in the Bible to describe God and his relationship with his chosen people. Without an accurate understanding of the images, we cannot comprehend the profound biblical revelations they communicate. Understanding these cultural vehicles of communication comes by learning the cultural background of those who created them. Timothy S. Laniak illuminates this background for readers 'from the ground up' with his archaeological and anthropological explanations of the contexts the authors lived in. Suitable for students, pastors, and lay leaders, the Zondervan ebook Images of God and His People links these cultural characteristics with the images of God with corresponding images of his people found in the Old and New Testaments. This complementary approach reveals a rich relationship between God and the people he loves and calls into his service.
Dr. Timothy S. Laniak (ThD, Harvard Divinity School) studied in the Middle East and worked as a missionary in Europe and Asia before taking his current position as professor of Old Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC. His writings reflect both his passion for studying Scripture and his scholarly approach to social anthropology. Laniak's works include: While Shepherds Watch Their Flocks, Shepherds after My own Heart, Shame and Honor in the Book of Esther, and Esther in the Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther volume of the New International Biblical Commentary series.
Gary M. Burge (PhD, King's College, Aberdeen University) is a professor of New Testament in the Department of Biblical and Theological Studies at Wheaton College and Graduate School, Wheaton, Illinois. Gary has authored a number of books, including Who Are God's People in the Middle East? What Christians Are Not Being Told About Israel and the Palestinians; John and Letters of John in the NIV Application Commentary series; The New Testament in Antiquity (coauthored with Lynn Cohick and Gene Green); and the first three volumes in the Ancient Context, Ancient Faith series, The Bible and the Land and Jesus, the Middle Eastern Storyteller, and Encounters with Jesus. Gary specializes in the Middle East, its churches, and its history in the Hellenistic period. SPANISH BIO: Gary M. Burge es profesor de Nuevo Testamento en Wheaton College and Graduate School, Wheaton, Illinois, y autor de numerosos libros sobre Jesus.