Jesus Christ Today : The Historical Shaping of Jesus for the Twenty-First Century

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  • Copyright: 2009-11-01
  • Publisher: Mercer Univ Pr
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This book addresses twenty-first-century Christians who are challenged intellectually and spiritually to read the Gospels┐ story of Jesus in light of what contemporary scholarship offers for understanding the first-century prophet from Nazareth.

Author Biography

Edgar V. McKnight is research professor and the William R. Kenan Jr. professor of Religion Emeritus at Furman University. He recevied degrees in History, New Testament studies, and philosophical Theology from the College of Charleston, southern Baptist Theological seminary, and Oxford University.

Table of Contents

The Contemporary Challengep. vii
Shaping and Rehaping Jesus Studiesp. 1
Introduction: The Modern World and the Historical-Critical Methodp. 1
The Shaping of a Method according to Albert Schweitzerp. 4
Albert Schweitzer Redivivus: Historical Tools in the Work of N. T. Wrightp. 11
Benedict XVI: Historical Criticism versus Trust in the Truth of the Gospelsp. 17
Shaping and Reshaping Jesus Studiesp. 27
Ernst Troeltsch: Historical Criticism and Faith in Christp. 27
Theological Scholarship Today and the Imaginative Shaping of Jesusp. 33
Conclusion. Cheating or Notp. 39
Jesus as "Christ" and "Lord," 'Truly God" and "Truly Man"p. 41
The Primitive Literary Shaping: The Jesus Traditionsp. 42
The Primitive Literary Shaping: Early Christian Confessionsp. 45
The Shaping of Jesus in the New Testament Writingsp. 50
Humanity and Divinity in the Shapings of Jesus Christ in the Early Churchp. 52
Negotiating the Gap between Faith and Historyp. 57
The Skeptical Tradition of Rudolf Bultmannp. 57
Critique of the Skeptical Historical Methodp. 75
Literary Shapings of Jesusp. 87
Redaction Criticismp. 88
The Gospels and Literary Studyp. 96
The Church, the Sacred and the Shaping of Jesusp. 109
Ernst Troeltsch: The Churches in Sociological Perspectivesp. 109
Lesslie Newbigin: The Church in Ecumenical Perspectivep. 112
James Wm. McCIendon, Jr.: The Churches of the Radical Reformationp. 118
Roger Haight and the Shaping of Jesus in an Ecclesiology from Belowp. 124
Conclusionp. 128
Current Negotiations in the Shaping of Jesusk of Nazarethp. 131
Fundamental Issues and Assumptionsp. 132
Validating Today's Shapping of Jesusp. 151
Conclusion. Shaping Jesus' Identity and Our Ownp. 157
Author Indexp. 159
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