Every human being has inside them a thirst, given by God, which only God can slake. We do not always identify it correctly, but this thirst, which lies deeper in us than anything we can imagine, is there, writes Nicholas King.
This theme of thirst is explored and developed in seven studies comprising:
- Reflections and thoughtful commentary
- Moving anecdotes from the authors or others lives
- Texts from the New Testament
- Footnotes to encourage us to look at the Scripture more closely
- Questions to stimulate group discussion or individual reflection
The author has translated the verses afresh, keeping close to the original Greek and preserving idiomatic peculiarities in order to bring out their raw power and provide us with a new understanding of familiar passages. An excellent course for groups or individuals alike, this book will inspire and challenge readers to recognise and engage with their own thirst and to deepen their prayer and relationship with God, who alone can truly quench it.
Nicholas King is a lecturer at Oxford University. He is a well-respected New Testament scholar and has been working on The Old Testament a ground-breaking translation from the original Greek for the past few years and has also completed his New Testament Study Guides.
Nicholas King SJ was born into a strongly Catholic family in Bath, UK, and was educated at Stonyhurst College, Lancashire, and St John’s College, Oxford, where he studied Classics.
He had always enjoyed the study of Latin and Greek; in those days in the (perhaps rather odd) British educational system, it seemed quite normal that he started Latin and French at the age of 8 and Greek two years later. A series of good teachers made it natural to apply to read the subject at Oxford (as far as he can recall, he never thought of anything else).
"When I went to Oxford, it was with the firm intention of becoming a barrister (and the strong hope of being comfortably off). I had done a certain amount of debating as a schoolboy, and the editor of our local newspaper had lent me a copy of the life of F. E. Smith. Greatly to my astonishment, however, at a particular moment, which I can date to within a few minutes, I knew, beyond any shadow of doubt, that the only thing that I could do and be happy was to join those very Jesuits who had educated me at Stonyhurst, and had put up with my adolescent eccentricities. I applied then and there to the Jesuits, but they very sensibly told me to finish my degree. That was four-and-a-half decades ago, and I have seen no reason to change my mind (so far!)"
- Nicholas King