In this book Cole attempts to show that the doctrine of the incarnation was not a unexpected event, but was in fact part of Israel’s hope.
Here’s an excerpt from the blurb:
Graham Cole’s stimulating study addresses such questions. He begins by exploring the purpose of creation in terms of God fashioning a palace-temple for dwelling with the creature made in the divine image, then follows God’s acts in Israel’s history to redeem a people of his own among whom he can dwell. In particular, he examines theophanic language: God is presented as a person who speaks, acts and feels as though embodied. He considers Israel’s messianic hope, and then the testimony of the New Testament: ‘The Word became flesh and dwelt among us’ (John 1:14), in the person of Jesus Christ.
Cole also addresses the question raised by Anselm – ‘Why did God become man?’ – and finds abundant New Testament answers. He concludes with a consideration of the theological and existential significance of the incarnation.
I must say, this looks fascinating! I think I’ll have to read it when it comes out. As the latest volume in the wonderful New Studies in Biblical Theology series, you can expect a great scholarly read.