Messiah Comes to Middle Earth: Images of Christ's Threefold Office in the Lord of the Rings
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InterVarsity Press / 2017 / Paperback

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How can we grasp the significance of what Jesus Christ did for us? Might literature help us as we seek further understanding of the Christian faith?

Since at least the fourth century, with church historian Eusebius of Caesarea, the threefold office of Christ as prophet, priest, and king has served as one way for Christians to comprehend the gospel narrative of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. Another story that has generated much reflection is J. R. R. Tolkien’s classic, The Lord of the Rings. It is well known that Tolkien disliked allegory. Yet he acknowledged that his work is imbued with Christian symbolism and meaning.

Based on the inaugural Hansen Lectureship series delivered at the Marion E. Wade Center by Philip Ryken, president of Wheaton College, The Messiah Comes to Middle-Earth mines the riches of Tolkien s theological imagination. In the characters of Gandalf, Frodo, and Aragorn, Ryken hears echoes of the one who is the true prophet, priest, and king. Moreover, he considers what that threefold office means for his service as a college president as well as the calling of all Christians. Guided by both Tolkien and Ryken, readers will discover that they can learn much about the one who is the true prophet, priest, and king through Tolkien’s imaginative storytelling.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 150
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 0830853723
ISBN-13: 9780830853724

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Author Bio

Philip Ryken (DPhil, Oxford) is the eighth president of Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He formerly served as the senior pastor of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia. He is the author or editor of more than forty books, including , , and .

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