The Historical Christ and the Theological Jesus

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  • Copyright: 2009-02-15
  • Publisher: Eerdmans Pub Co
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In this book, which he describes as "my personal testimony to doubt seeking understanding," Dale Allison thoughtfully addresses ongoing historical-theological questions concerning Jesus Christ. What should one think of the modern quest for the historical Jesus when there is such enduring discord among the experts, and when personal agendas play such a large role in the reconstructions? How much history is in the Gospels, and how much history does Christian theology require that there be? How does the quest impinge on conventional Christian beliefs, and what might it contribute to contemporary theological reflection?

Author Biography

Dale C. Allison Jr. is Errett M. Grable Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. His other books include Resurrecting Jesus and The Luminous Dusk.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Introduction: A Brief Overviewp. 1
The Problem of Theological Utilityp. 6
The Enduring Discord of the Expertsp. 8
The Enduring Challenge of Personal Predilectionp. 15
The Perceptions of Others and Personal Identityp. 22
Disputed Questionsp. 31
How Much History Does Theology Require?p. 32
How Should We Treat Our Texts?p. 40
How Might One Come to Know Jesus?p. 45
How to Proceedp. 53
The Wrong Tools for the Wrong Jobp. 54
The General and the Particularp. 61
Miracles Here, There, and Everywherep. 66
Some Difficult Conclusionsp. 79
Christology: Too Low and Too Highp. 80
Eschatology: Here to Stayp. 90
Context: Gone for Goodp. 101
Some Personal Impressionsp. 104
Contradiction: Divine Love and Human Woep. 105
Imagination: Ought over Isp. 113
Synthesis: The Coincidence of Oppositesp. 116
Index of Modern Namesp. 120
Index of Scripturep. 122
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