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From the beginning of Christianity, the Lord's Prayer has occupied an important place in the lives of Jesus's disciples, for it is the prayer Jesus himself taught them. Like other biblical prayers, the Lord's Prayer contains words people offer to God. But since this prayer is from Jesus and is part of Scripture, it is also God's Word to people. When we say this prayer, not only are we speaking to God, but God is also speaking to us.Highly regarded New Testament scholar William Wright shows how this classic text can speak afresh to the life of the church today. He integrates critical exegesis, theological exposition, and Christian spirituality to explicate the theological substance of the Lord's Prayer. His goal is to help readers come to know God and love God and others more deeply through a focused study of this important Christian prayer.The Touchstone Texts series addresses key Bible passages, making high-quality biblical scholarship accessible for the church. The series editor is Stephen B. Chapman, Duke Divinity School.
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About the Author
William M. Wright IV (PhD, Emory University) is a professor of Catholic studies and theology at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and is a specialist in New Testament studies. With Francis Martin, he is the coauthor of The Gospel of John in the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture series and Encountering the Living God in Scripture: Theological and Philosophical Principles for Interpretation.