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Known by God

Who are you? What defines you? What makes you, you?In the past an individual's identity was more predictable than it is today. Life's big questions were basically settled before you were born: where you'd live, what you'd do, the type of person you'd marry, your basic beliefs, and so on. Today personal identity is a do-it-yourself project. Constructing a stable and satisfying sense of self is hard amidst relationship breakdowns, the pace of modern life, the rise of social media, multiple careers, social mobility, and so on. Ours is a day of identity angst.Known by God is built on the observation that humans are inherently social beings; we know who we are in relation to others and by being known by them. If one of the universal desires of the self is to be known by others, being known by God as his children meets our deepest and lifelong need for recognition and gives us a secure identity. Rosner argues that rather than knowing ourselves, being known by God is the key to personal identity.He explores three biblical angles on the question of personal identity: being made in the image of God, being known by God and being in Christ. The notion of sonship is at the center - God gives us our identity as a parent who knows his child. Being known by him as his child gives our fleeting lives significance, provokes in us needed humility, supplies cheering comfort when things go wrong, and offers clear moral direction for living.
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Table of Contents

Section One: Queuing the Questions i. Personal Questions ii. Postmodernism - authenticity, mobility, etc iii. Unsatisfying Answers - career, relationships, possessions, finding yourself, etc Section Two: Arriving at Answers 1. Anthropological terms - spirit, soul, mind, inner person, old and new humanity, etc 2. Known by God - Jewish background, terminology, relationship to image of God, adoption, etc 3. Kindred Ideas - the book of God, naming and not naming, remembered by God, seen by God, etc 4. Memory - Passover, Lord's Supper, collective memory in forming identity, etc 5. Destiny - my life is hidden with Christ in God, the time is short, etc 6. Christology - Christ is known by God at his baptism, transfiguration, in the FG, etc 7. The Cross - as forging my identity Section Three: Reflecting on Relevance 8. Personal: Significance, Humility, Comfort, Moral Direction 9. Community: Bioethics and the Disabled, Children, the Church (liturgy and leading services)

About the Author

Brian S. Rosner is Principal of Ridley College in Melbourne, Australia. Previously he taught at the University of Aberdeen and Moore Theological College. He holds degrees from Sydney University and Dallas Theological Seminary and has a PhD from the University of Cambridge. Brian is the author or editor of over a dozen books, including the New Dictionary of Biblical Theology, the Pillar commentary on 1 Corinthians (with Roy E. Ciampa), The Consolations of Theology, Greed as Idolatry and Paul and the Law. He is married to Natalie and has four children, a son-in-law and one grandchild. Jonathan Lunde (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is associate professor of biblical and theological studies at Talbot School of Theology of Biola University. He is coeditor (with Kenneth Berding) of Three Views on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament and has contributed articles to The Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels and the New Dictionary of Biblical Theology. Jon and his wife, Pamela, have three children and reside in Brea, California.

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