Books on the historical Jesus abound in both the scholarly market and the popular press. Few of these recent studies, however, draw on the entire witness of Scripture and tradition when engaging the contemporary debate over the meaning and significance of Jesus of Nazareth.
Bringing together both the pursuit of the historical Jesus and the systematic exposition of the Christ of faith, Hans Schwarz here presents a solid historical and biblical introduction to Christology that demonstrates the relevance of Jesus for today. After surveying the history of New Testament scholarship and exploring the biblical testimony itself, Schwarz restates important Christological themes in ways that connect them with present-day concerns. Schwarz includes in his discussion his own proposal for constructing a Christology from below that also takes seriously the resurrection.
Clear and well organized, this volume is an excellent resource for discussing Christological themes within the context of today's historically oriented academy.
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2 The Jewishness of Jesus
3 Jesus As Word and Deed
4 Jesus SelfAwareness
Incantation Preexistence and Virgin Birth
Cross and Resurrection
1 Jesus SelfInterpretation of His Death Eucharist
2 The Salvational Significance of Jesus Death
3 The Enigmatic Character of Christs Resurrection
Jesus the Christ
1 Centrality of the Resurrection
2 The Witness of the Synoptics
3 The Johannine Witness
4 The Pauline Witness
Stations of Christological Reflection
2 Medieval Trends
3 The Reformation Emphasis
4 The Modern Era
The Relevance of Jesus Christ for Today
The Human Face of God