We Become What We Worship: A Biblical Theology of Idolatry

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  • Copyright: 2008-10-01
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The heart of the biblical understanding of idolatry, argues Gregory Beale, is thatwe take on the characteristics of what we worship.Employing Isaiah 6 as his interpretive lens, Beale demonstrates that this understanding of idolatry permeates the whole canon, from Genesis to Revelation. Beale concludes with an application of the biblical notion of idolatry to the challenges of contemporary life.

Author Biography

G. K. Beale is Kenneth T. Wessner Professor of New Testament at Wheaton College Graduate School, Wheaton, Illinois.

Table of Contents

Abbreviationsp. 9
Prefacep. 11
Introductionp. 15
A Foundational Example of Becoming Like What We Worship: Isaiah 6p. 36
Becoming Like What We Worship: Evidence Elsewhere in the Old Testamentp. 71
The Origin of Idolatry in the Old Testamentp. 127
Becoming Like What We Worship: Judaismp. 141
Becoming Like What We Worship: The Gospelsp. 161
Idolatry in Actsp. 184
Becoming Like What We Worship: Paul's Epistlesp. 202
Becoming Like What We Worship: The Book of Revelationp. 241
The Reversal from Reflecting the Image of Idols to Reflecting God's Imagep. 268
Conclusion: So What Difference Does It Make?p. 284
Bibliographyp. 312
Author Indexp. 328
Index of Ancient Sourcesp. 331
Scripture Indexp. 333
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