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Publication Date: 15 Sep 2006
Format: Paperback
Series: New Studies in Biblical Theology
Publisher: Apollos
Page Count: 240
Author: Trevor J. Burke
ISBN-13: 9781844741465

Adopted into God's family

Exploring A Pauline Metaphor
By Trevor J. Burke
ISBN: 9781844741465
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` ... you received the Spirit of adoption' (Romans 8:15)

The relationship between God and his people is understood in various ways
by the biblical writers, and it is arguably the apostle Paul who uses the
richest vocabulary.

Unique to Paul's writings is the term huiothesia, the process or act of
being `adopted as son(s)'. It occurs five times in three of his letters,
where it functions as a key theological metaphor.

Trevor Burke argues that huiothesia has been misunderstood, misrepresented,
or neglected through scholarly preoccupation with its cultural background.
He redresses the balance in this comprehensive study, which discusses
metaphor theory; explores the background to huiothesia; considers the roles
of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit; examines the moral implications of
adoption, and its relationship with honour; and concludes with the
consequences for Christian believers as they live in the tension between
the `now' and the `not yet' of their adoption into God's new family.

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