The God of Jesus: the historical Jesus and the search for meaning

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Trinity Press International, 1998 - Religion - 305 pages
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This book's title conveys its general premise, that is, that the quest for the historical Jesus has always been closely related to the Christian search for God. The author says that this is both good and necessary, provided that one properly understands the relationship between history and theology ("the Jesus of history" and "the Christ of faith") and does not confuse the two.

An opening chapter, then, explains the history of the quest for the historical Jesus and how it has always been related to the search for God. It also proposes a scheme for understanding the relationship between history and theology.

The remaining chapters focus on various aspects of Jesus' life and teachings, related in large measure to the work of the Jesus Seminar. Patterson also develops a theology that might properly be called a "Jesus theology, " and it is here that his contribution to the discussions of and about Jesus makes its most distinctive contribution.

The accessible style of writing in the book makes it useful for lay study groups. It is also suitable for college and seminary classrooms as a beginning book on the historical Jesus.

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One thing seems to be missing from much of the written output of recent historical Jesus scholarship. Patterson (New Testament, Eden Theological Seminary) proposes to answer the question "So what?" by ... Read full review


The Problem of the Historical Jesus 14 The Historians 15 Paul
The Quest for the Historical Jesus and the Search for God 27
Whats in a Title? 48 A Resurrection or the Resurrection? 50
On the Radical Wisdom of Jesus
On the Parables of Jesus
On Jesus and the End of the World
On the Hope and Tragedy
The Legacy of Christian AntiSemitism 187 Did Jesus Reject
Is It a Sin to Be Liberal?
History Method and Theology
Listing of Evidence
Index of Scriptural References

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About the author (1998)

Stephen J. Patterson is Professor of New Testament at Eden Theological Seminary (St. Louis). His previous books include The God of Jesus (Trinity, 1998), The Fifth Gospel (Trinity, 1998), and The Gospel of Thomas and Jesus (Polebridge, 1993).

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