Analysis of Christopher J. H. Wright´s Writings on The Old and New Testament

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Christopher J. H. Wright (Ph.D., Cambridge) was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Wright has a doctorate in “Old Testament economic ethics. Wright is now the international director of the Langham Partnership International (known in the United States as John Stott Ministries), providing literature, scholarships and preaching training for pastors in Majority World churches and seminaries.” [1] Wright has written numerous books which; he displays in many of these books, an aspiration to accentuate the significance of the Old Testament.

Wright’s central message in his text is that the Old Testament, without question cannot be influential without Jesus and there is no way that Jesus would be wholly understood through use of the New
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Israel does not hold true to the four covenant relationships built with God. Consequently, Wright concludes that salvation was brought about to the nations through Jesus, due to the failures of upholding the covenants by the people of Israel.

Matthew 28:18-20. This is the clearest statement connecting Jesus to the God of Israel. Deuteronomy had summarized the Old Testament truth about God in the words: the LORD is God in heaven above and on the earth below. There is no other.” (Deut. 4:35, 39). Matthew portrays Jesus calming adopting that posture with the words, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” [3]

I.Critical Interaction with the Book

Wright examines Jesus in the Old Testament and presents Jesus in five diverse dimensions; the story of Jesus, the promises that were declared and fulfilled, identity, mission, and values.

Wright places heavy emphasis and reference on the book of Matthew, in the first section Wright takes time to explore the significance of the lineage of Jesus in a manner conveyed seldom by any devout person. This lengthily view into the heart of the story of Jesus is linked back to Genesis and the chronicled context of “Abraham to David, from David to the Exile, and the exile to the Messiah” (Wright, 19-27). Accordingly, the Old and New Testament outline the “historical record” of God's deliverance for all mankind. This interrelatedness verifies that other “universalism approaches” which attempts to append Christ

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