Book Review: The God Who Became Human: A Biblical Theology of Incarnation (New Studies in Biblical Theology) by Graham Cole


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The God Who Became Human: A Biblical Theology of Incarnation (New Studies in Biblical Theology) by Graham Cole, IVP Publishers, 2013, 202 pp.

The incarnation is a central tenant of the Christian faith. For myself, having been involved Jewish- Christian theological discussions for several years now, the issue of the incarnation has come up on more than one occasion.

I read Graham Cole’s book with eager expectations in that I wanted to see if he had any new insights on the mystery of the incarnation in the Old Testament and how it relates to the New Testament. In other words, “Are there any explicit texts in the Old Testament that show the deity of Messiah?” Or, is the incarnation something that is totally foreign to the Old Testament?

Over the years Christian apologists have attempted to demonstrate that theophanies and messianic prophecies reveal a full blown deity of Jesus in…

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