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

Raymond Ortlund, Jr. (Apollos, 1996)

Blurb Review


This book's first edition was called 'Whoredom' which gives you some idea of the subject matter! It shows how the Genesis vision of human marriage provides the logic and a coherent network of meanings for the story of Israel's relationship with Yahweh. From this starting point, Ortlund then traces the theme of marital unfaithfulness, first through the historical books of the Old Testament and then through the prophets, particularly Hosea, Jeremiah and Ezekiel. Turning to the New Testament, he shows how the sad story of Israel's harlotry is transcended by the vision of ultimate reality in Christ and his church, the Bridegroom and the Bride. An excellent help to preaching on the passages that deal with spiritual adultery.


1. In the beginning: human marriage as 'one flesh'
2. Playing the harlot
3. Committing great harlotry
4. Under every green tree
5. In every public square
6. The ultimate marriage as 'one spirit'
7. Concluding reflections
Appendix: The harlot metaphor and feminist interpretation

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