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The Shadow of the Almighty: Father, Son, and Spirit in Biblical Perspective

, 2002
ISBN: 9780802839480
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The Shadow of the Almighty introduces readers to the nature of God by exploring the biblical references to God as “Father,” “Son,” and “Holy Spirit.” This fruitful approach offers fresh insight into the meaning of the biblical language used for God, giving readers the background necessary for properly understanding the trinitarian perspective of the New Testament and of the Christian faith. Divided into four chapters, the book looks at “Father" language in early Judaism, at “Father” language in early Christianity, at “Son” language, and at language designating the Spirit. This thorough review of the traditional God language across the biblical texts shows what the earliest Christians understood by using these terms and, ultimately, what these terms mean for modern faith and practice.

While much of this material is deceptively familiar, the authors’ close examination of how and where the different terms are used reveals some surprising results. It makes clear, for example, that speaking of God in trinitarian terms was not as radical a departure from early Jewish monotheism as many have thought, and it shows that while early Christianity was characterized by disparate ideas, the first Christians nevertheless shared a common understanding of God. Equally engaging findings of the book include the authors’ support for the traditional gendered term “Father” when speaking about God. Complete with helpful questions at the end of each chapter, The Shadow of the Almighty provides an excellent place to begin a deeper study of God.

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  • Presents theological explorations of Christian living
  • Addresses major questions in practical theology


  • The Story Thus Far
  • The Promising Father
  • The Prodigious Son
  • The Powerful and Prophetic Spirit

Praise for the Print Edition

An excellent introduction to the nature of God and the Godhead in Scripture.

—Lee Hardy

  • Title: The Shadow of the Almighty: Father, Son, and Spirit in Biblical Perspective
  • Authors: Ben Witherington III, Laura M. Ice
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Print Publication Date: 2002
  • Logos Release Date: 2015
  • Pages: 168
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Bible. N.T. › Theology; Trinity › Biblical teaching
  • ISBNs: 9780802839480, 0802839487
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-09-30T02:58:29Z

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About Ben Witherington III

Ben Witherington III is Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky, and is on the doctoral faculty at St. Andrews University, Scotland. Witherington has twice won the Christianity Today best biblical studies book of the year award, and his many books include socio-rhetorical commentaries on Mark, Acts, Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Philemon, Colossians, Ephesians, and 1 and 2 Thessalonians.


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    Superb! The most clear, most complete, most most practical, most accessible elucidation ever of the Trinity from the OT and NT. You will come away understanding not only the Trinity, but knowing God and his attributes more fully than ever.

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