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Review of Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament by Christopher J.H. Wright

James Pruch Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary May 2012

Introduction Dr. Christopher J. H. Wright (Ph. D., Cambridge) is an Old Testament scholar, an ordained Anglican ministry, and is the director of international ministries with the Langham Partnership International. In Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament, Wright seeks to display the continuity between the Hebrew Scriptures and Jesus’ self-understanding. Wright maintains that Jesus’ self-understanding rooted in the history of salvation that God planned and worked for Israel. This review will show that Wright’s book provides the reader with a rich understanding of Jesus’ unique identity as the Hebrew
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Wright’s section on typology fleshes this out.10 Typology helps readers look for Christ in the OT “by way of analogy or correspondence.”11 One reviewer comments that employing typology “encourages us to look for patterns or models of how God works in history, and then to see how those patterns are fulfilled by Jesus in the New Testament. No hocus-pocus, just close attention paid to God's pattern of working in history.”12 Typology is one way to explain the pictures and patterns of the OT, but not the only way.13 Wright talks about ongoing levels of fulfillment and differentiates between prediction and promise.14 This second interpretive method of Wright is termed “promise-fulfillment.” Jesus is the “final destination of an already well recognized pattern of promise-fulfillment” that was laid out in the OT.15 A “promise” implies that not all fulfillments will be literal. Wright uses the analogy of father promising a son a horse when he turns 21. By the time the son turns 21, automobiles have been invented, so the son receives a car instead of a horse. The promise was fulfilled (transportation), but it was “fulfilled in the light of new historical events.”16 Such is the case
Ibid., 104ff. Ibid., 30-31. 9 Though Wright does not explicitly state his theological interpretive grid (i.e. dispensational or covenantal), it is safe to assume leans toward covenant theology. See Ibid., 83-102. 10 Ibid., 110-116. 11 Ibid., 116. 12 Paul Alexander, “Book Review:
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