Jesus Now and Then

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2004 - Religion - 215 pages
"Jesus Now and Then" engagingly traces the changing images of Jesus in scholarship and popular culture from the time of the early church to the present day. Who did Jesus think he was? Did the early church take a man and make him into God? Was Christianity actually invented by Paul? How has Jesus been treated in the centuries since? What contemporary views are compatible with a traditional understanding of Scripture?

Richard Burridge and Graham Gould leave no stone unturned in detailing Jesusb life and legacy. They start with the evidence about Jesus found in the New Testament and then go on to explore the early-church debates as a way of tackling contemporary issues. They also discuss how the figure of Jesus has been portrayed through history, how his teachings have been understood, and how he has come to be worshiped by Christians around the world. This essential historical information sets current questions and controversies about Jesus into context and helps to explain the many different views and interpretations of him now on offer.

 

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This book succeeds remarkably well in two specific ways: 1) It brings the complex issues of current historical and theological "Jesus studies" down to a (roughly) layman's level. 2) It brings these ... Read full review

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Contents

Jesus Now and Then
3
The Traditional Christian View
8
Reinterpreting Jesus
15
Reinterpreting the Tradition
20
THE NEW TESTAMENT
23
The Historical Jesus
25
Who Was Jesus?
36
Jesus in the Gospels
49
Jesus Own SelfUnderstanding
107
The Development of Different Views
109
THE EARLY CHURCH
113
The Early Church and the Teaching of Jesus
115
The Importance of the Early Church
116
Jesus Teaching in Early Christian Thought
117
Justin Origen and 2 Clement
127
Jesus in Early Christian Worship
136

Four Portraits of Jesus
55
The Roar of the Lion
56
The Teacher of Israel
59
Lukes BurdenBearing Ox
63
Johns HighFlying Eagle
67
From Four Gospels Back to One Jesus
69
Jesus and Paul
71
Early Christian and PrePauline Christology
72
Paul
79
Pauls Christology
86
Key Structures of Pauls Theology
88
New Testament Views of Jesus
95
The Pastoral Letters
98
The Rest of the New Testament
100
Introduction to Early Christian Worship
137
Jesus in Early Christian Worship
150
Jesus Divine and Human
159
The Beginnings of Debate
160
Origen and His Successors
168
The Council of Nicaea and the Fourth Century
172
The Doctrine of the Person of Christ
179
Modern Understandings of Jesus
190
Liberal Views since the Enlightenment
191
Conservative Reactions
200
Where Is Jesus in It All Today?
205
Epilogue
211
References and Further Reading
213
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