- Paperback: 118 pages
- Publisher: Wipf & Stock (Sept. 1 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781556350566
- ISBN-13: 978-1556350566
- ASIN: 1556350562
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 0.7 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 90.7 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,889,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Proclamation and Praise: Hebrews 2:12 and the Christology of Worship Paperback – Sep 1 2007
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About the Author
Ron Man is the director of worship resources for Greater Europe Mission. He teaches extensively abroad and in the United States and is the editor of Worship Notes, a free monthly online worship newsletter (see www.worr.org).
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A complete Christology must address additional issues. He should have included a much broader survey of when and how does the Bible describes Christ’s worship (in his preincarnate state, his incarnation, his ascension). He should have addressed many more questions on the subject. How does our worship relate to Jesus? (I.e., do we worship God alone or Christ alone or both? How does this inform our potential worship of the Holy Spirit?) What does the name above every name in Philippians 2 mean, and how does it affect our view of the Father? What forms should our Christ worship take? How do the Old Testament forms of worship relate to Jesus Christ? The author needs to revisit this grossly incomplete work before it should be deemed worthy of academic attention. (Frankly, it feels like a 500-level seminary research paper that he decided to have published.)
The book was so narrowly focused as to make itself practically and theologically useless. Man’s work was basically an exegesis of one half of one verse (Hebrews 2:12 plus some biblical context of the same), expounding the role of Christ as worship leader for the church. It failed to support its own title. It failed to make practical application for the church today. And it failed to address the abundance of biblical data on its own topic.
It may prove helpful to some who have little familiarity with the book of Hebrews or with the subject of Christ as the fulfillment of the Old Testament roles of Prophet, Priest, and King. Yet, it only just scratches the surfaces of these subjects, with a little more information on the prophet/apostle role of Christ than the others. I don't recommend it to anyone, however, if the author were to release a second, expanded edition that was a thorough treatment of his subject, I believe it might be worth attention. At its best, this book starts a conversation that many should join: what is a biblical Christology of Worship? I trust those of you who are still reading this review all the way to this point are the ones to carry that conversation forward by publishing more complete treatments of the topic.