Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament   -     By: Christopher J.H. Wright
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Inter-Varsity Press / 1995 / Paperback

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Has the Christian Bible bound believers to a narrow and mistaken notion of Jesus? Should we listen to other gospels, other sayings of Jesus, that enlarge and correct a mistaken story of Jesus? Is the real Jesus entangled in a web of the church's Scripture, awaiting liberation from our childhood faith so he might speak to our pluralistic world? To start to answer these questions we need to know what story Jesus claimed for himself. Christopher Wright is convinced that Jesus' own story is rooted in the story of Israel. Throughout his life Jesus lived by the script of Israel. Only as we come to understand Jesus as a man with a story - an Old Testament story - will we come to know who Jesus really is. To change that narrative is to deface our only reliable portrait of Jesus. Here is a book that traces out the face of Christ in the textual tapestry of the Old Testament. But it also outlines the pattern of God's designs for Israel as it is lived out in the story of Jesus.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 276
Vendor: Inter-Varsity Press
Publication Date: 1995
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ISBN: 0830816933
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We cannot know Jesus without knowing his story. Today the debate over who Jesus is rages on. Has the Bible bound Christians to a narrow and mistaken notion of Jesus? Should we listen to other gospels, other sayings of Jesus, that enlarge and correct a mistaken story? Is the real Jesus entangled in a web of the church's Scripture, awaiting liberation from our childhood faith so he might speak to our contemporary pluralistic world? To answer these questions we need to know what story Jesus claimed for himself. Christopher Wright is convinced that Jesus' own story is rooted in the story of Israel. In this book he traces the life of Christ as it is illuminated by the Old Testament. And he describes God's design for Israel as it is fulfilled in the story of Jesus.

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Christopher J. H. Wright (Ph.D., Cambridge) was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. His doctorate is in Old Testament ethics. He taught Old Testament in India for five years (1983-1988) at Union Biblical Seminary, and then returned to the faculty of All Nations Christian College, a missionary training school in England, where he was principal from 1993-2001. Wright is now the international director of the Langham Partnership International, providing literature, scholarships and preaching training for pastors in Majority World churches and seminaries. He has written several books including commentaries on Deuteronomy and Ezekiel, and An ordained Anglican, he serves on the staff of All Souls Church, Langham Place, London, England.

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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A great book
    October 19, 2010
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    Wright takes the reader through the Old Testament and shows how it speaks to the person and deity of Jesus Christ. Wright develops the idea that Jesus was not only a Jew but that every aspect of his life was connected to the Old Testament.

    Wright's main idea in the book is showing that a deep understanding of the Old Testament leads to a deeper understanding of Jesus. His whole point of the book is to show that Jesus knew, expanded upon, and fulfilled the Old Testament promises and covenant. In the preface of the book Wright clearly states that the Old Testament was more than just a collection of writings for Jesus, but it was his story, his songs, his life (ix). Wright in the first two chapters of his book connects Jesus to both the Old Testament story and the Old Testament promise. These first two chapters lay the foundation by showing that apart from the Old Testament one cannot know Jesus. Wright spends time connecting Jesus to the story told in the Old Testament by connecting Jesus to David and Abraham (5). Wright's' own particular view on fulfillment of prophecy comes out in his dealings with the promises. In chapters 3-4 Wright points to the facts that the Old Testament mission, identity, and values are found in Jesus. Wright explains the expectations that Israel had for its Messiah and how Jesus did not fit that idea (138-140). Another point that Wright makes in these chapters is that Jesus' identity was formed in the Old Testament. He spends a great deal of time explaining the different titles of Jesus and making comparisons to the Old Testament. Wright also deals with how the Old Testament values are completed or demonstrated through Jesus. Wright's main theological point is that studying the Old Testament is to get a clearer picture of Jesus and all that he came to do.

    Analysis

    Wright's analysis of the story so far starts with the character of Abraham and makes the point that in order to understand Abraham one must first understand the first eleven chapters of Genesis. His point is that it is in these eleven chapters that the need of God to intervene and make a people for himself is clearly seen (9).

    A great theological point that Wright makes is that Jesus as God's son was to fulfill where Israel had failed. God's intention for Israel was that they would be a people that would live as missionaries to the rest of the world. They were to be the "light" to the nations and be God's witnesses to who He was. Due to disobedience though they were unable to fulfill their obligation, but Jesus through obedience was able to accomplish (132). Wright makes the connection that the first son of God (Israel) failed in their duty but the second son (Jesus) was able to accomplish all that God had intended Israel to do and be.

    Wright spends a great deal of time sifting through the identity of Jesus and comparing that to the Old Testament. It is significant because how Jesus identified himself shows how he related to his mission. Wright makes the point that after the baptism of Jesus He finally gets a clear picture of who He was when God calls Him His Son (106). As mentioned earlier there is a parallel here in that God called Israel His son. One must be careful here though because this is one area where Wright seems to be promoting replacement theology. The idea that the church has replaced Israel as God's chosen people. The problem with this is that it opens the door for God to reject the church in the future for another people, so one should be cautious.

    In the chapter dealing with the mission of Jesus Wright spends time going through the titles of Jesus and the expectations that Jews had for Jesus as Messiah. Wright summarizes that for many Jews the exile had not ended and that the Jews were waiting for the day when their savior would come and remove the oppression of the Romans from them (138).

    In the final chapter Wright tackles Jesus and his Old Testament values. It is here that Wright makes his case that through the obedience to the law of God Jesus will fulfill the promise of the Old Testament and bring about the new covenant. It is here that Wright makes the conclusion that Jesus has come into this world and given a choice to all people. His parables make stark contrasts like: wheat or weeds, sheep or goats, wise or foolish, rock or sand, God or mammon. Wright concludes that either you walk with Him or you walk away; there is no middle ground (189). It is an echo of Deuteronomy 30:15, 19, where Moses has just given his final speech and the Israelites are about to enter the land of Canaan and Moses wants them to be obedient and live. Jesus is pleading the same case in his parables.

    There have been many reviews of this book and one that stood out to this reviewer came from Paul Alexander

    He states,

    Wright is so solid with text and context that once he's done teaching us how to know

    Jesus through the Old Testament, we're left identifying with him when he says

    Jesus was not just an identikit figure pasted together from bits of the Old

    Testament. He transcended and transformed the ancient models_so that for

    His followers, what began as a shaft of recognition and understanding of Jesus

    in light of their Scriptures, ended up as a deepening and surprising new

    understanding of their Scriptures in light of Jesus. (p. 117, emph. orig.)

    Alexander would agree with this reviewer that Wright brings the necessity for pastors to preach richer sermons that show the connection between the Old Testament and the New Testament. It is this audience in particular that this reviewer believes this book can serve the greatest purpose.

    Conclusion

    In conclusion, Wright's book offers the reader the opportunity to move from the "milk of the word" to the meat. He shows how a greater understanding of the Old Testament will allow one to see the life and mission of Jesus in a whole new way. This review has shown that Jesus came to this earth steeped in a tradition and people. He was a Jew and not just a Jew but came to fulfill the role that Israel was to perform. Through His obedience all the Old Testament was fulfilled and made complete. Wright makes the points clear and draws the reader on an adventure through the Old Testament. Even though there were areas that this reviewer had disagreements with Wright, overall they were minor and agreements were more prevalent.

    BIBLIOGRAPHY

    Alexander, Paul. 9 Marks. September-October 2008. http://www.9marks.org/books/book-review-knowing-jesus-through-old-testament (accessed September 21, 2010).

    Theilman, Frank. "Jesus B.C. Three New Books Look at Jesus through the Old Testament." Christianity Today, 1996: 58-61.

    Tomasino, Anthony. Judaism Before Jesus: The Events and Ideas that Shaped the New Testament World. Downers Grove, IL: Inter Varsity Press, 2003.

    Wright, Christopher J.H. Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament. Downers Grove, IL: Inter Varsity Press, 1992.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    January 7, 2008
    david s.
    simply superb !!! Jesus is presented in the gospel writings as frequently explaining himself and his significance by appeal to the Hebrew scriptures, known as the 'Old Testament' to Christians. Therefore it is very important to understand Jesus by using the background he himself drew upon in explaining himself. This book is an absolute gem in doing just such a thing. It will inform the reader on both the nature of the overarching old testament 'story' with its interlocking themes, and at the same time, show how this background radiates through Jesus. This book does a tremendous job of expositing what Jesus was about, what he meant, what he was doing and who he was. A gold mine of intelligent, accurate and responsible writing. This book is a bit technical in a few places, but it serves a purpose; to understand Jesus accurately.
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