This book has had a long shelf-life considering it was published originally back in 1992. But, for those who, like me, have not read the book previously, the nearing 10th anniversary of publication seems like as good a time as any for a review. In this post, I will introduce the author followed by posts overviewing the contents and giving my personal thoughts.
For those interested in a fuller intro to the author, I would recommend checking out Wright’s bio on the Langham Partnership International (LPI) website. According to this bio, Wright has studied both Classics and Old Testament at the University of Cambridge. His doctoral degree is from Cambridge in Old Testament. He has taught Old Testament courses at Union Biblical Seminary in Pune and served as the academic dean at All Nations Christian College in the UK. Wright now serves as the international director of LPI. He is also an ordained minister in the Anglican church. His work, then, represents the concerns of both the church and the academy.
Wright has an impressive publication list, also listed on the LPI website. His better known monographs include the following (many also from IVP):
1992 Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament. London: Marshall Pickering; Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity.
1996 Deuteronomy. New International Biblical Commentary. Peabody, Mass.: Hendrikson; Carlisle, U.K.: Paternoster.
2004 Old Testament Ethics for the People of God. Leicester, England, and Downers Grove, Ill.: Inter-Varsity Press.
2006 Knowing the Holy Spirit through the Old Testament, Oxford: Monarch Press; Downers Grove: IVP.
2007 Knowing God the Father through the Old Testament, Oxford: Monarch Press; Downers Grove: IVP.
2009 The God I Don’t Understand: Reflections on Tough Questions of Faith, Grand Rapids: Zondervan.
2010 Mission of Gods People The (Biblical Theology for Life), Grand Rapids: Zondervan.
Wright has also written articles and entries for the Anchor Bible Dictionary, Tyndale Bulletin, the New International Dictionary of Theology and Exegesis, and Princeton Theological Review, among others.
Considering Wright’s educational background and publication record, Knowing Jesus through the Old Testament should provide a wealth of insight for anyone interested in the relationship between the Old and New Testaments, especially with relation to Jesus. I will examine more fully what these insights are in subsequent posts on the contents and my reaction.