Divine jealousy plays a central role in God's activities throughout human history, yet it is virtually ignored among those in the Church today. Christians desire leaders who are dynamic, educated, and entertaining, but it is highly unlikely you will ever see jealousy as one of the desired qualities of leaders within the Church. However, jealousy is one of the primary attributes of the great leaders in the Bible.
As human jealousy is seldom uncontaminated with sin, it tends only to be understood as a negative emotion. The Bible tells us that our God is a jealous God, and Erik Thoennes offers us unique insights into godly jealousy as taught in Scipture, and also looks closely at biblical leaders who displayed godly, human jealousy. Thoennes masterfully draws ethical and theological implications from godly jealousy for the 21st Century. This book is a must read for anyone who is concerned with character development and who seeks to understand one of the central values needed in the Church today.
This is an important book on a neglected subject! Erik Thoennes shows that God is pleased with those today who, like Phineas, David, Paul, and Jesus himself, are jealous for the honor of our great God in an age that increasingly disregards him and his commands. Carefully researched and clearly written, this book shows that there is a good kind of godly jealousy which will give backbone and courage to our Christian lives.
—Wayne Grudem, Research Professor of Bible and Theology Phoenix Seminary, Phoenix, Arizona
Because the virtues are mutually reinforcing and require the presence of other virtues to be developed fully, a life of character will remain elusive if a particular virtue is disregarded. Today, jealousy has a public relations problem: It is widely misunderstood and regarded as a vice. In this scholarly yet accessible book, professor Thoennes fills a huge void regarding godly jealousy. With skill and admirable familiarity with the relevant literature, he restores godly jealousy to its proper place in a life well lived. Those concerned about character development cannot afford to neglect this book.
—J. P. Moreland, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, La Mirada, California
Erik Thoennes is Assistant Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, La Mirada, California.