Shepherds After My Own Heart Paperback

Pastoral Traditions and Leadership in the Bible

by Timothy S. Laniak;

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Shepherds After My Own Heart

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'I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will lead you with knowledge and understanding' (Jeremiah 3:15).

Most of the Bible's pastoral imagery is grounded in two traditions: Israel's 'wilderness drama', in which Moses functioned as God's under-shepherd; and the shepherd-king David and his dynasty, with its messianic promises. Old Testament prophets like Jeremiah made sustained use of pastoral imagery, seeing the LORD revealing himself as the ultimate Shepherd of his flock, and creating expectation of a new exodus, a renewed community, and a unique shepherd king.

These traditions provided prototypes for leaders that followed, and formed the background for the ministry of Jesus - the 'good shepherd' - in the Gospels. His disciples were sent as shepherds to feed his sheep - and as sheep among wolves. The pastoral role was central to the ongoing life of local churches in the Christian movement, and today's pastors are still called to be shepherds after God's own heart, to lead his people, living on the margins of settled society, to their eternal home.

In this excellent study, Timothy Laniak draws on a wide range of Old and New Testament texts to develop a biblical theology of 'shepherd' imagery, and concludes with some principles and implications for contemporary 'pastoral' ministry.

Shepherds After My Own Heart by Timothy S. Laniak was published by Intervarsity Press in March 2006 and is our 22097th best seller. The ISBN for Shepherds After My Own Heart is 9781844741274.

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"Some books give insight at multiple levels. This is one of them ... At one level, this biblical theology ... pushes for a nuanced but holistic reading of shepherd imagery as it develops across the canon of Scripture. But ... so extensive is this imagery in the domain of Christian leadership that it contributes a great deal to what Christians ought to understand about leadership itself, and how they will practise it." - D. A. Carson

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    Details for Shepherds After My Own Heart

    Author / Artist
    Book FormatPaperback
    PublisherIntervarsity Press (March 2006)
    Number of Pages304
    Thickness26 mm
    Height216 mm
    Width138 mm
    Product Code110831
    Page last updated 20th May 2014
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