Known by God: A Biblical Theology of Personal Identity (Biblical Theology for Life) (Paperback)

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Known by God: A Biblical Theology of Personal Identity (Biblical Theology for Life) By Brian S. Rosner, Jonathan Lunde (Editor) Cover Image


What does the Bible say about your sense of self?

In the past, an individual's identity was more predictable than it is now. Today, personal identity is a do-it-yourself project. Constructing a stable and satisfying sense of self is hard amidst relationship breakdowns, the pace and rhetoric of modern life, the rise of social media, social mobility, and so on. Ours is a day of identity angst.

Who are you? What defines you? What makes you you?

In Known by God, Rosner argues that rather than knowing ourselves, being known by God is the key to personal identity. He explores three biblical angles on the question of personal identity:

  • Being made in the image of God.
  • Being known by God.
  • Being in Christ.

At the center of a biblical understanding of personal identity is sonship: God gives us our identity as a parent who knows his child. Being known by him as his child gives our fleeting lives significance, provokes in us needed humility, supplies cheering comfort when things go wrong, and offers clear moral direction for living.


Part of the Biblical Theology for Life series, this practical and insightful book will help you ground your longing to be known and the security of your identity on the solid foundation of biblical understanding and reflection.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780310499824
ISBN-10: 0310499828
Publisher: Zondervan Academic
Publication Date: September 12th, 2017
Pages: 272
Language: English
Series: Biblical Theology for Life