Conformed to the Image of His Son: Reconsidering Paul's Theology of Glory in Romans

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6.0 X 8.9 X 0.9 inches | 1.01 pounds

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About the Author
Haley Goranson Jacob (PhD, University of St. Andrews) is assistant professor in the theology department of Whitworth University.
"The letters of Paul are notoriously complex. However exciting and stimulating the subject matter, there always seems to be more going on than meets the eye of the casual reader, even of the Christian reader used to hearing sermons and other expositions of well-known texts. It is therefore always worthwhile investigating even the most familiar passages to be sure they have yielded up their secrets. This is what Haley Jacob has done in this remarkable work, and the results are striking. If she is right--and I am convinced that she is--then the standard assumptions about a central Pauline passage will need to be revised. After a lifetime of study and teaching on Romans, I was not expecting to be confronted at my age with a fresh understanding of its central chapter, requiring a radical rethink of many familiar landmarks both exegetical and theological. But that is what Dr. Jacob has achieved. Not everyone will agree with all segments of her argument. But both in its parts and as a whole it has, to my mind, compelling force. I urge all students of Paul and of Romans to work carefully through the step-by-step presentation of the case."--N. T. Wright, research professor of New Testament and early Christianity at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland
"There are so many words in the Bible, like grace and gospel, that are commonly thought to be understood but which, upon closer analysis, are shaped too much by a lack of study. Enter glory. Enter Haley Jacob's examination of glory, and we inherit a study filled with careful analysis, theological sophistication, and practical insights. What is meant by 'conformed to the image of Christ' is now clarified and ready for pastoral and ecclesial exploration. I found this study judicious and insightful at every turn."--Scot McKnight, Julius R. Mantey Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary
"What is conformity to Christ? Is it participation in him or glorification with him? Haley Jacob contends that Romans 8 presents a functional understanding of glorification as believers' sharing in Christ's benevolent messianic rule and thus in God's care for creation. Resolutely argued and consistently provocative, this significant book will challenge readers of Romans to look afresh at one of its most theologically important themes--and its implications for the life of the church."--Michael J. Gorman, Raymond E. Brown Professor of Biblical Studies and Theology at St. Mary's Seminary & University, Baltimore
"Haley Jacob has taken a text that everyone thought they understood (in one way or another) and has given it the treatment that it deserves. With her help we can see much more clearly how Romans 8:28-29 relates to Paul's larger argument in Romans (and elsewhere). And the result is revolutionary! The destiny Paul has in mind is not merely that of finding ourselves in a luminous splendor, but of the privilege of participating in and extending Christ's rule over all of creation. Jacob's argument should reshape the conversation about the goal of salvation as Paul understood it, and it has the power to reshape the way Christians live out their understanding of salvation in practical ways. Here we find a model of careful scholarship carried out in the service of the church."--Roy E. Ciampa, S. Louis and Ann W. Armstrong Professor of Religion at Samford University
"Haley Jacob presents a powerful and convincing argument that Paul portrays believers as participating in the Son's messianic rule over creation as adopted sons and daughters. What God intended for Adam has now been brought to completion in the Davidic Messiah's glorious reign over creation--an exalted and glorious reign in which Christ the King's people share. This is another noteworthy contribution to the recovery of Jewish messianism as a critical context for Paul's Christology and participatory soteriology!"--Joshua Jipp, associate professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School