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God Who Became Human: A Biblical Theology of Incarnation (Graham A Cole) Paperback Book, (InterVarsity Press, 2013) 9780830826315
God Who Became Human: A Biblical Theology of Incarnation (Graham A Cole) Paperback Book, (InterVarsity Press, 2013) 9780830826315
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Title: God Who Became Human: A Biblical Theology of Incarnation

Author: Cole, Graham A

Publisher: InterVarsity Press; Publication Date: 2013

Paperback; ISBN: 9780830826315

Volumes: 1; Pages: 202

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Seeking an answer to Anselm's timeless quiestion, "Why did God become man?" Graham Cole follows Old Testament themes of preparation, theophany and messianic hope through to the New Testament witness to the divinely foretold event. He concludes with a consideration of the theological and existential implications of the incarnation of God.

Table of Contents

Series preface

Author's preface



Why this book?


Praeparatio evangelica

The Plan of the book

1. God prepares the way from the beginning

God and God's image

The portrayal of God in the beginning

Some early Christian commentary

God prepares the way to what end?

God prepares the way by promise


Excursus: Would the incarnation have taken place irrespective of the Fall?

2. God prepares the way in his dealings with Abraham and Abraham's Old Testament children

The patriarchal story and the 'embodied' God

Abraham and the three visitors

Jacob and the wrestler

The Mosaic story and the 'embodied' God

The Judges story and the 'embodied' God

The former prophets and the 'embodied' God

The latter prophets and the 'embodied' God


3. God prepares the way in Israel's hope

The hope for a divine Messiah

Israel's hope and the incarnation: key texts revisited

Intertestamental hopes

Typology and incarnation


4. The great mystery

In retrospect

But incarnation?


Excursus: the pre-incarnate Christ, theophany and the Old Testament debate

5. Cur Deus homo

New Testament answers

The timing of the incarnation: insight from Thomas Aquinas


Excursus: Did the divine Son assume fallen or unfallen human nature?

6. The significance of the incarnation

Theological significance

Existential significance


7. Conclusion

Appendix: The theological interpretation of Scripture


Index of authors

Index of Scripture references

Index of ancient sources

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