The Lord’s Prayer Matthew 6 and Luke 11 for the Life of the Church William M. Wright IV TOUCHSTONE TEXTS Stephen B. Chapman, series editor Since the beginning of Christianity, the Lord’s Prayer has occupied an important place in the lives of Jesus’s disciples, for it is the prayer Jesus himself taught them. Like other biblical prayers, the Lord’s Prayer contains words people offer to God. But since this prayer is from Jesus and is part of Scripture, it is also God’s Word to people. When we say this prayer, not only are we speaking to God, but God is also speaking to us. New Testament scholar William Wright shows how this classic text can speak afresh to the life of the church today. He integrates critical exegesis, theological exposition, and Christian spirituality to explicate the theological substance of the Lord’s Prayer. His goal is to help readers come to know God and love God and others more deeply through a focused study of this important Christian prayer. “Wright’s careful exposition of the Lord’s Prayer effectively joins exegetical study to theological reflection and spiritual practice. A must-read for all students of Scripture.” —ELIZABETH E. SHIVELY, St. Mary’s College, University of St. Andrews “For anyone wishing to access the treasures hidden in the Lord’s gift of a model prayer, this book will be a magnificent guide.” —ANTHONY GIAMBRONE, OP, École biblique et archéologique française de Jérusalem “Wright’s close reading of this pivotal text gives us fresh eyes to see how this familiar prayer touches so many facets of the Christian faith. His lucid exposition of its main theological issues and his thoughtful reflections on its practical significance for the community of faith will surely benefit those who wish to embrace this prayer on their spiritual journeys.” —TE-LI LAU, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School “Wright unlocks the meaning of each line of the one prayer Jesus is recorded as teaching to his disciples. The result is a wonderful window into the mystery of what St. Thomas Aquinas called ‘the most perfect of prayers’—a window that will transform the way you pray the Lord’s Prayer.” —BRANT PITRE, Augustine Institute Graduate School of Theology; author of Introduction to the Spiritual Life: Walking the Path of Prayer with Jesus
APRIL 2023 • 208 pp. • cloth • $24.99 • 9781540963062
William M. Wright IV (PhD, Emory University) is a professor of Cath- olic studies and theology at Duquesne University and a specialist in New Testament studies. With Francis Martin, he is the coauthor of The Gospel of John in the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture series and Encountering the Living God in Scripture: Theological and Philosophical Principles for Interpretation .
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