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God’s Unfaithful Wife: A Biblical Theology of Spiritual Adultery (New Studies in Biblical Theology)

, 1996
ISBN: 9780830826148
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The biblical theme of spiritual adultery stands in all its bluntness for a deeply offensive sin—the unfaithfulness of God’s covenant people in departing from Yahweh, their husband, and going after false gods.

Raymond C. Ortlund Jr. shows how the Genesis vision of human marriage provides the logic and coherent network of meanings for the story of Israel’s relationship with Yahweh. He traces the specific theme of marital unfaithfulness, first through the historical books of the Old Testament and then through the prophets, particularly Hosea, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel. Turning to the New Testament, he also shows how the sad story of Israel’s adultery is transcended by the vision of the ultimate reality in Christ and his church—the bridegroom and the bride.

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Key Features

  • Contains scholarly and accessible volumes written by well-respected Biblical scholars
  • Includes notes that interact with the best of recent research and significant literature
  • Engages the immense challenges facing today’s church
  • Offers new insights and challenges established positions
  • Encourages Christians to better understand their Bibles through biblical theology


  • In the Beginning: Human Marriage as 'One Flesh'
  • Playing the Harlot
  • Committing Great Harlotry
  • Under Every Green Tree
  • In Every Public Square
  • The Ultimate Marriage as 'One Spirit'
  • Concluding Reflections

Praise for the Print Edition

Not only does the development of this theme link large swathes of the canon together, but it simultaneously discloses the profoundly personal nature of God’s covenanted love, exposes the odium of spiritual adultery and, conversely, enriches our view of marriage.

—D.A. Carson, research professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

  • Title: God’s Unfaithful Wife: A Biblical Theology of Spiritual Adultery
  • Author: Raymond C. Ortlund Jr.
  • Series: New Studies in Biblical Theology
  • Volume: 2
  • Publishers: IVP, Apollos
  • Print Publication Date: 1996
  • Logos Release Date: 2015
  • Pages: 200
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Bible. O.T. › Criticism, interpretation, etc; God › Worship and love; Idols and images › Worship
  • ISBNs: 9780830826148, 9780851114804
  • Resource ID: LLS:NSBT02
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2021-04-26T19:04:00Z

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Raymond C. Ortlund is senior minister at Immanuel Church in Nashville, Tennessee. He has pastored churches in California, Oregon, and Georgia. He was formerly professor of Old Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He has written several books, including A Passion for God and Isaiah: God Saves Sinners.

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