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Jesus of Nazareth: What He Wanted, Who He Was

by Gerhard Lohfink

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I read this book because of the rave reviews it received but frankly found it good, but not great. Of course, I had recently finished Ched Myer's "Binding the Strong Man" which is a much more thorough and to my mind better written and argued work of exegesis. ( )
  nmele | Jul 17, 2013 |
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Who was Jesus? A prophet? There have been many of those. A miracle-worker? A radical revolutionary? A wise teacher? There have been many of these, too. In his latest book, renowned Scripture scholar Gerhard Lohfink asks, What is unique about Jesus of Nazareth, and what did he really want? Lohfink engages the perceptions of the first witnesses of his life and ministry and those who handed on their testimony. His approach is altogether historical and critical, but he agrees with Karl Barth's statement that "historical criticism has to be more critical." Lohfink takes seriously the fact that Jesus was a Jew and lived entirely in and out of Israel's faith experiences but at the same time brought those experiences to their goal and fulfillment. The result is a convincing and profound picture of Jesus.… (more)

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