Theophany: A Biblical Theology of God's Appearing
Poythress, Vern S.
“Vern Poythresss Theophany is a theologically rich, spiritually edifying exploration of all that the Bible says about an awe-striking reality that fills the pages of Scripture: our infinite, personal Creator who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see delights to make himself known through the senses he has given us, the universe he made and sustains, and his redemptive deeds in history, culminating in Jesus Christ. This biblical theology of Gods appearing will expand your thoughts and nourish your heart.”See All
Dennis E. Johnson
Professor of Practical Theology, Westminster Seminary California; author, Triumph of the Lamb; Him We Proclaim; and Walking with Jesus through His Word
“In biblical times, God appeared visibly to people in many different ways, and divinely inspired authors reflected on his appearances throughout the Scriptures. Yet the modern Christian experience is so different that we are often left wondering what significance biblical appearances of God have for us today. Poythress explores this theme within its ancient historical context and explains how Christ fulfills its significance in himself and in his followers lives. Poythresss discussions are rooted in sound biblical scholarship, but clearly express how this facet of Scripture should enhance every Christians daily service to God.”See All
Richard L. Pratt Jr.
President, Third Millennium Ministries
“Poythress is a master at pulling together various strands of Scripture and showing their coherence. This book on the multifaceted aspects of Gods presence is no exception. Theophany fills a real void in evangelical theologyinformative for the scholar but accessible to the layman. Students often ask me about the various senses of Gods presence discussed in Scripture, and I typically give a vague answer. But now, after reading Poythress, my answers will be much more informed; and I have a first-class resource to share with my students.”See All
Robert J. Cara
Provost, Chief Academic Officer, and Hugh and Sallie Reaves Professor of New Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary; author, Cracking the Foundation of the New Perspective on Paul; contributor, A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the New Testament
“This work is broader than any I have seen in its coverage of the biblical theology of theophany. I appreciate the many explanations of how each Old Testament aspect of theophany is fulfilled in Christ. The many chapters provide a spiritually uplifting study that is well organized and carefully written in terms any layman can understand, but also stimulating for advanced students.”See All
James A. Borland
Professor Emeritus of New Testament and Theology, Liberty University
“Dr. Poythresss book walks the reader through a gallery of Gods manifold glory. This volume invites the reader to stop and consider all of the different portraits of Gods personal presence in the whole canon of Scripture. Those who look in faith will be rewarded and encouraged in their walk with Christ.”See All
Adjunct Faculty, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; author, Shining Like the Sun: A Biblical Theology of Meeting God Face to Face
Throughout the Bible, God appears to his people in many ways--fire, thunderstorm, cloud, man, warrior, and more. What do these temporary appearances of God--theophanies--mean? Why did God choose to reveal himself in these ways, at these times? Describing the various types of appearings from Genesis to Revelation, theologian Vern S. Poythress shows how these theophanies serve as revelations of God's character and point to the ultimate appearing of God in the person of Christ. Becoming aware of God's presence with his people, as revealed in theophanies, will call readers to deeper worship and eager anticipation of his full and final appearance in the new heaven and new earth.