THIS MAN JESUS by Bruce Vawter


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The purpose of Father Vawter's new book is to outline the elements constitutive of New Testament thinking on the mystery of Christ. In that sense, it is a historical work; but only to the extent that the aim is to determine the origins of certain beliefs. Within those limitations, Vawter examines first the resurrection, then the death, and finally the life of Jesus in order to establish how Jesus came to be regarded by the first Christians as the son of God. There follows a study of the significance of the major christological titles (Messiah, Son of Man, Son of God, etc.) both in the primitive Church and today. The question of contemporary relevance is explored more fully in a section on ""wisdom"" christology, which the author regards as particularly fruitful in offering ""new ways and new voices"" for the 20th century. Vawter is that rara avis, a creative Biblical scholar who theologizes without boring the layman into catalepsy. This Man Jesus will be received enthusiastically not only by the professional theologian but the literate Christian with a hunger for information in an area where free inquiry was so long inhibited by ecclesiastical discipline.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1973
Publisher: Doubleday