Portraits of God: A Biblical Theology of Holiness

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InterVarsity Press, 2001 - Religion - 432 pages
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What is God like?Answering this is the great quest of human existence. Because God is so different from us, we struggle to describe him. While doctrinal statements about God certainly have their place in Christian understanding, the Bible more often uses God's actions and roles to help us know him better. Indeed, some of the most helpful insights in Scripture arise when God is compared to something else: a rock, an eagle or a tower. And many "human" metaphors--metaphors taken from the world of actions and relationships--bring us even closer to understanding of God.In Portraits of God, Allan Coppedge suggests we look carefully at God as our Father, Redeemer, King, Judge, Priest and Creator. These portraits taken together give us an understaning of the Holy One for which no single category is adequate. These images work their way through the whole of Scripture. They are the doorway allowing us into the mysteries of God's very being.In Portraits of God, Coppedge offers a comprehensive survey, picturing a God who wants to be known personally and who has profoundly communicated himself. Coppedge finds the inexhaustible nature of God to be one of holiness reflected in and best described by the language of diverse roles. Approaching God in this way transforms us, as churches and individuals, to reflect God's own holy character. This is a book for students, pastors and churchgoers alike. Anyone desiring to know more deeply and wholly the Christian God revealed in the Bible will find in Portraits of God a treasure of scholarship and truth.
  

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User Review  - jerdeb81747 - Christianbook.com

As the title suggests, this is a theological look at God and the holiness of God. Always wanting to learn more about God and experience more of HIS holiness.....not man made holiness.....I found this ... Read full review

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User Review  - Greg Coates - Goodreads

Too dry and methodical for my taste. Tends to be a long string of Scripture references on various topics with little worthwhile commentary or original thinking in between. It is still worth skimming for ideas on a sermon series (what I'm using it for). Read full review

Contents

Abbreviations
9
Introduction
11
BIBLICAL ROLES OF GOD An Overview
21
THE UNITY OF THE ROLES
39
HOLY GOD AS TRANSCENDENT CREATOR
54
HOLY GOD AS SOVEREIGN KING
99
HOLY GOD AS PERSONAL REVEALER
134
HOLY GOD AS PRIEST
174
HOLY GOD AS LOVING FATHER
244
HOLY GOD AS POWERFUL REDEEMER
300
HOLY GOD AS GOOD SHEPHERD
332
THE IMPLICATIONS OF ROLES
359
Bibliography
403
Names Index
422
Subject Index by Theme
423
Scripture Index
425

HOLY GOD AS RIGHTEOUS JUDGE
207

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About the author (2001)

Coppedge is Beeson Professor of Christian Theology at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, where he has taught for more than 20 years.

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