Slave of Christ: A New Testament metaphor for total devotion to Christ by Andrew S. Malone is one of the newest volumes in the longstanding series New Studies In Biblical Theology by IVP Academic Publishing. This admirable series is edited by D.A. Carson is renowned for its impeccable research, its engagement with current scholarship, and conformity to the basic tenants of orthodoxy. The focus of this book is the office of priest in the Bible.
Now the metaphor of being a slave of Christ is not taught one by pastors much but is usually relegated to Scholars. This sad truth is what this book is trying to change. In, Salve of Christ, is a long and broad history of interpretation and this work strives to explore the vast landscape of various Biblical Theological interpretations of this office while evaluating which interpretations are sound with some advice on which interpretive methods to take.
In regard to the text of the book itself, there are nine various interpretive lenses to view the this metaphor, some of which connect well, while others contradict one another. In each of these interpretive systems the author is careful to look at the meaning of the text in its own context as well as the broader view of scripture as a whole. Furthermore in each of the interpretations there are a handful of themes which the author shines a light the importance of this metaphor to the modern believer against that of the modern understanding of slavery. Of these themes the most insightful was the famine theme.
In the end I would wholeheartedly recommend Slave of Christ to any Pastor, Bible Teacher, or Sunday School teacher who is preparing for a long in-depth exposition of the office of priest.
This book was provided to me free of charge from IVP Academic Publishers in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.