Epiphany: The Season of Glory, By Fleming Rutledge
  • Length: 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 5 × 7 in
  • Published: November 14, 2023
  • Imprint: IVP Formatio
  • Item Code: A0038
  • ISBN: 9781514000380

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"We have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father."

This line from the prologue of the Gospel of John declares the theme of Epiphany. Christmas celebrates Christ's birth; Epiphany manifests his glory.

The feast of Epiphany and its following season are not as well observed as they should be. Many of us associate Epiphany with the visit of the Magi but don't know much more about it. In this short volume, priest and theologian Fleming Rutledge expounds the primary biblical texts and narrative arc of the season, inviting us to discover anew "the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ."

Each volume in the Fullness of Time series invites readers to engage with the riches of the church year, exploring the traditions, prayers, Scriptures, and rituals of the seasons of the church calendar.

"This book isn't just about Epiphany; it is filled with epiphanies. In the way only she can, Fleming Rutledge points us anew to the glory of Christ with insight after insight. Thanks to this book, even this low-church evangelical will mark Epiphany this year and, more importantly, will be reminded all year of the way God speaks to us in both the mysterious and the ordinary."

Russell Moore, editor in chief of Christianity Today

"There is no one better to introduce the little-understood church season of Epiphany than Fleming Rutledge. This book is a gift—not only for those who belong to traditions that closely observe the church calendar but also for those who may not. Rutledge's love for Epiphany shines throughout, not least because she elucidates its biblical foundations and edifying purpose for the church. Most importantly, Rutledge gets to the heart of the matter—Epiphany is a celebration of the gospel, the season unfolding the manifestation of God's revelation in Christ, of 'God's definitive and unique actions in the One who has been born in Bethlehem.'"

Kimlyn Bender, professor of Christian theology at George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University

"One of the first women to be ordained in the Episcopal church, Fleming Rutledge has had a fruitful career of teaching preachers to communicate the gospel for the formation of the flock in love of God and neighbor. In this volume, Dr. Rutledge focuses on the liturgical season of Epiphany. Incorporating close readings of Scripture (both Greek and Hebrew texts) and Anglican prayers and hymns, she leads us week by week through Epiphany, showing how this season among any other most fully manifests the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. This book joins Dr. Rutledge's other books as a blessing to the church."

Kathryn Greene-McCreight, priest affiliate at Christ Church New Haven and author of Galatians: A Theological Commentary

"In Epiphany, Fleming Rutledge shows how recovering a delight in the glory of God in Jesus Christ is 'needed by the church right now as a drowning person needs a lifeboat.' Written with joyful urgency yet patient wisdom, this book should be required reading for pastors seeking to recover the wonder of Epiphany. Veterans and newcomers to celebrating the liturgical year will find a treasure of biblical and theological insight in this succinct yet potent work. Moreover, anyone who aches for an alternative to the empty 'glories' so widely pursued today will be nourished by this exposition of the strange yet beautiful reality of God's resplendent glory, displayed in the crucified Lord."

J. Todd Billings, professor of theology at Western Theological Seminary and author of The End of the Christian Life

"With palpable reverence and predictable erudition, Fleming Rutledge unearths the riches of the most overlooked season of the liturgical year. Epiphany is all about glory, chiefly the glory of the person of Christ revealed in majesty and power as the King of the Jews and Lord of the Gentiles in key moments of the biblical drama. In Epiphany and the season leading up to Lent, the church gathers a fresh chance to behold the glory of her Lord and to renew itself in the work of proclaiming his glory to the world."

Katelyn Beaty, journalist and author of Celebrities for Jesus

Read an Excerpt


The Fullness of Time: Series Preface
Author's Preface

1. The Glory
2. The Day
3. The Season
4. The Star
5. The River
6. The Wine
7. The Ministry
8. The Teaching
9. The Mountain
10. The Mission

Coda: Doxology


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Fleming Rutledge

Fleming Rutledge is an Episcopal priest and a bestselling author. She was in full-time parish ministry for twenty-one years, fourteen of them at Grace Church in New York City. Her other books include Advent: The Once and Future Coming of Jesus Christ and The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ (winner of Christianity Today's 2017 Book of the Year Award).