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God's Unfaithful Wife: A Biblical Theology of Spiritual Adultery

(New Studies in Biblical Theology #2)

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  89 ratings  ·  16 reviews
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. begins by showing how the Genesis vision of human marriage provides the logic and coherent network of meanings for the story of Israel's relat ...more
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Published February 28th 2003 by IVP Academic (first published 1996)
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Michael Boling
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An important element of sound Bible study is recognizing the patterns and principles and flow from Genesis to Revelation as consistent messages to the reader. One such pattern is that of God’s relationship with His people, namely what is described as a marriage relationship. Subsumed in that covenant relationship are guidelines that define what it looks like for this marriage to be healthy, vibrant, and as God intended. Things looked quite promising in the formative chapters of Genesis – at leas ...more
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Reading a borrowed book is like a bad dream to me. If I can't underline, then the endeavor is almost worthless. It's at best frustrating. Not that I don't immensely appreciate the sentiment that goes behind loaning a book to a friend, I do, but reading without a pen is death. I find this same frustration listening to audiobooks. I try my best to write down page numbers and quotes when I get the chance, but I still feel like I miss out on remembering some of the content that I would
Becky Williamson-Martin
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I give this book 5 stars for content. However, it is very deep in content and will require much thought and study. It is very revealing and my question is why isn’t our preachers and bible teachers helping us understand the PROFOUND significance of marriage as related to God. True religion is marital in nature. It starts “in the beginning”. To fully understand and “know” of God’s love for us and how we are to relate to him, we must understand marriage. The “trouble” starts and continues in the m ...more
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I purchased this book because I was studying Hosea and wanted a biblical theology of spiritual adultery. Thinking the book was mostly going to be a survey of Hosea, I was pleasantly surprised to find that this book covered so much more as it surveyed the entire Bible and how one of the Bible’s major themes is our continual adulterous attitudes toward our loving God. The author surveys all major passages and really explains this concept well. The concluding chapter needs to be read by all Christi ...more
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a book that smacks you upside your head if you ever become boastful in your faith, your church, or you have become pleased with your walk with God.
David Martin
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So so good.
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Aug 01, 2017 rated it liked it
An interesting, insightful academic read concerning spiritual adultery throughout the pages of Scripture. I thought the author did a good job of showing the theme of spiritual adultery, seen in the history of God's people, noting specific references throughout the various prophets's writings. I note that this is an academic read and thus, the reader would be well served to know the biblical languages. Being one who doesn't know Hebrew, the footnotes (of which there were an overwhelming abundance ...more
Aug 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In God's Unfaithful Wife, Ray Ortlund, Jr traces the common theme of spiritual adultery through the Bible. This book is the second in the series, New Studies in Biblical Theology. It is the fourth book in this series I have read, and all have been excellent. In chapter one, Ortlund explores the “one-flesh” unity for male and female as described in Genesis 2 because the marital bond provides the foundation for the biblical use of the metaphor of the harlot. He traces the specific theme of marital ...more
Robin Peake
Nov 12, 2015 rated it liked it
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What I loathe about most theology books, is that they remind me of being out for a posh dinner with a group of people who are smarter than me, and where I spend most of the evening nodding, smiling, and pretending I have a clue about what they're waffling on about.

It's hard to rate this book because for the most part, I have no idea what the author said in it. I don't really understand why theology needs to be reserved for academic people, or why big words need to be used instead of small ones.
Bj Shepherd
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I thought the book was well researched, although it explores the subject of Israel's infidelity to God in the Bible, the book also challenged me greatly and made me have a look at how my life aligns with God's expectations. It also made me think about whether God is the full focus of my life, or whether I have allowed other things to take more importance and what I should do if I have been disloyal to Him.
Mark A Powell
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Biblical imagery is rich with images of God as a husband and His people as the bride. While God’s faithfulness is confirmed repeatedly, the unfaithfulness of His people is sadly constant as well. Ortlund focuses on the prophetic work of Hosea, whose message and ministry embody the very adultery that God’s people have consistently been guilty of. Though somewhat academic in tone, Ortlund writes in an accessible way that makes this a volume worthy of interaction.
Kim Winters
Oct 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book will permanently transform your relationship with God as it gives you a fresh distaste for idolatry in every form.
Michael Stilley
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Excellent. The 'Concluding reflections' in the back are worth the price of the book.
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Pastor Ray Ortlund received a B.A. from Wheaton College, Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, M.A. from The University of California, Berkeley, and Ph.D. from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Pastor Ortlund served as Associate Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois, from 1989-1998. He was ordained by Lake Avenue Congregati ...more

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