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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.
PrefaceChapter One: Jesus and the Old Testament Story
Jesus: A man with a story
Jesus was a real Jew
Jesus was a real man
Jesus was the Son of David
Jesus is the end of the time of preparation
Jesus is also a new beginning
The story so far
From Abraham to David
From David to the exile
From the exile to the Messiah
Light on the story
Light on the Old
Light on the New
A unique story
A universal goal
A unique experience
Israel and other stories
God in control of all history
The nations share in Israel's history
The nations share in Israel's futureChapter Two: Jesus and the Old Testament Promise . . . .
'And so was fulfilled'
Five scenes from Jesus's childhood
Geography and history
The promise declared
Promise involves commitment to a relationship
Promise requires a response of acceptance
Promise involves ongoing levels of fulfillment
The promise guarenteed
The features of biblical covenants
The covenant with Noah
The covenant with Abraham
The Sinai covenant
The covenant with David
The new covenant
ConclusionChapter Three: Jesus and his Old Testament Identity . . . .
'This is my Son'
Old Testament pictures and patterns
'That's just typical'
Jesus as the Son of God
God as Father: Israel as Son
Fathers and sons in Israelite society
Israel's sonship and the covenant
Sonship as the foundations for hope
Israel's sonship and God's universal purposeChapter Four: Jesus and his Old Testament Mission . . . .
Jewish expectations at the time of Jesus
John the Baptist
The Son of Man
The Servant of the Lord
The mission of the Servant in the Old Testament
The Servant and mission to the Gentiles
Our mission in the light of Christ's
The unity and continuity of mission
'To the Jew first'
Mission in servanthood
Mission in its wholenessChapter Five: Jesus and his Old Testament Values . . . .
Jesus tested in the wilderness
The basic orientation of life before God
Jesus and the law
The law as response to redemption
Motivations for obedience
The law's scale of values
The authority of Jesus
Jesus and the prophets
Spiritual loyalty to God
Jesus, the Psalms and the reign of God
The universal dimension
The redemptive, theocratic dimension
The eschatological dimension