From the Publisher
The New Studies in Biblical Theology offer creative
expositions of key issues in understanding the Bible.
This book is a thorough new study of a key aspect of the New Testament
theology of salvation.
From the Back Cover
` ... 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
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.
`Not only the importance of God's family, but also the enormous privilege
of belonging to it, are powerfully underscored by Paul's understanding of
what it means to be the adopted sons of God. With such themes in view, a
wide array of pastoral implications soon springs to light. In other words,
this volume not only probes a neglected theme - it also edifies' (D. A.