The Ways of Our God: An Approach to Biblical Theology

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CHAPTER 8
Glory, Word, Wisdom, Son

Old Testament: Proclamation
8–1. BY YOUR WORD AND BY YOUR WISDOM

The NT does not rest content with portraying Jesus as God’s Servant who fulfills each of the messianic categories and as the Second Adam or Son of Man, the inclusive representative of a new humanity. It proclaims that Jesus is not only fully human but also fully divine. Jesus’ divinity is associated especially with the recognition of him as “Son” or “Son of God,” a term that has its roots in the OT though it is used in a profoundly new sense in the NT. There is, however, a strong link between NT claims for the divinity of Christ and the way the OT speaks of God himself appearing to human beings, and especially the way the OT portrays God as present and acting within the world, through his “glory,” “word,” and “wisdom.” Another mode of God’s relating to Israel and to humankind is expressed in father-son terms. These categories form the foundation for the expectation of the activity of God in the new age, an expectation that the NT sees as fulfilled in the person of Christ.


8–1.1. GOD APPEARS TO PEOPLE

The OT speaks of God himself appearing to people. Although employing two very similar terms, Westermann (1965) conveniently distinguishes two different types of divine appearances: epiphanies in which God appears from afar and intervenes to help his people, and theophanies in which God appears to individuals “in order to reveal himself, and to communicate with his people through a mediator” (99; cf. also Jeremias 1962).

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