We Become What We Worship: A Biblical Theology of Idolatry

Beale, G. K.

“What you revere, you resemble, either for ruin or for restoration.” The result of an intense period of study in Isaiah 6, this insightful work of Biblical interpretation is a firm nudge to remember that idolatry is an ever present danger that all of scripture is concerned with. Aimed at serious Christian readers, this is a challenging yet eye-opening work of intertextual interpretation.

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The heart of the biblical understanding of idolatry, argues Gregory Beale, is that we take on the characteristics of what we worship.

Employing Isaiah 6 as his interpretive lens, Beale demonstrates that this understanding of idolatry permeates the whole canon, from Genesis to Revelation. Beale concludes with an application of the biblical notion of idolatry to the challenges of contemporary life.

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