Each time God appears to his people throughout the Bible—in the form of a thunderstorm, a man, a warrior, a chariot, and so on—he comes to a specific person for a specific purpose. And each of these temporary appearances—known as theophanies—helps us to better understand who he is and anticipates his climactic, permanent self-revelation in the incarnation of Christ.
Exploring the various accounts of God’s visible presence from Genesis to Revelation, theologian Vern S. Poythress helps us to consider more deeply what they reveal about who God is and how he dwells with us today.
Previously issued 2018 by Crossway Books
“A theologically rich, spiritually edifying exploration of all that the Bible says about an awe-striking reality.”
—Dennis Johnson, Professor of Practical Theology, Westminster Seminary California
“This volume invites the reader to stop and consider all of the different portraits of God’s personal presence in the whole canon of Scripture. Those who look in faith will be rewarded and encouraged in their walk with Christ.”
—David Wenkel, Adjunct Faculty, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; author, Shining Like the Sun: A Biblical Theology of Meeting God Face to Face
“Poythress’s discussions are rooted in sound biblical scholarship but clearly express how this facet of Scripture should enhance every Christian’s daily service to God.”
—Richard L. Pratt Jr., President, Third Millennium Ministries
“Poythress is a master at pulling together various strands of Scripture and showing their coherence. Theophany fills a real void in evangelical theology—informative for the scholar but accessible to the layman.”
—Robert J. Cara, Provost, Chief Academic Officer, and Hugh and Sallie Reaves Professor of New Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary