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THE RULE OF GOD by George Ernest Wright



Pub Date: Feb. 18th, 1960
Publisher: Doubleday

The Christian way of life as rooted and grounded in the Bible, where the rule of God is to be found revealed and recorded, is here set forth by Prof. G. Ernest Wright, Professor of Divinity at the Harvard Divinity School, in seven essays in biblical theology. The first, ""The Identity of God"", an exposition of Isaiah 40-41, is a challenge to the modern weak substitutes for the Living God, the sovereign of history and community. There follows an exposition of Genesis 3 in which the nature of man is explored in his existential relationship to the living God. In ""Individual and Community"", the Biblical doctrine of society and man's work as man's response to the will of God receives penetrating analysis. The Temple (and the Church) are re-examined in the light of Biblical knowledge, security and faith are reconsidered against the background of an exposition of Jeremiah 7:1-15, and the Holy Spirit as the sure guides to Rule of God. The Gifts of God, the Biblical ""virtues"", (faith, hope and love) are shown to be virtues which we cannot compel, or teach to others -- or even achieve as habits, but rather the mysterious gifts of God to his faithful. All of this is solid reading, addressed at first to audiences of seminary students and professors, but it will well repay serious-minded Christians who would like their faith to get a firmer hold on them in today's stormy world.