Jesus’s proclamation of God or the kingdom of God and the will of God, about how we should live, communicates something of that and says ‘It’s about you: are you going to go along with this and become a disciple or a follower? Sheppard helps to pastor an urban house church called Ekklesia and oversees Alpha’s work with college students in New England. That’s the real dividing line, not whether he performed miracles or even how far his moral teaching is useful today, or how Christians can understand the central mystery of their faith: his vindication by God and risen presence with and in God, and by his Spirit, in the world. Lewis. That’s the important thing. Free delivery on qualified orders. He was a professor of theology relating what he knew as a historian to what he believed as a Christian. . So the notice on the cross, ‘Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews’ meant Messiah, a warning to the population about where power lay. Thread starter scottmaciver; Start date May 3, 2011; Status Not open for further replies. Latin, not so much: The Roman authorities would have spoken Greek as well as Latin. Twitter. Mark’s book is the gospel of action. They would naturally be nervy and what St. John’s Gospel says Caiaphas thought—We need to get him removed otherwise we’ll be in trouble with the Romans—might actually be how it was. (Grab your copy here.) Summary . Contact us, Mon. I’m constantly flicking to the back to read what’s in the footnotes, which is a definite first for me for any book on anything. It’s getting at the truth of Jesus through a novel. It is wonderfully written, clever, curious, interesting, up-beat, honest, a great read on many level. The sense of wonder is basic to religion, and, in that sense, a lot of humanists are probably more religious than they think. For a mind-blowing study along these lines that is directly about Jesus, see the hefty and unforgettable Binding the Strong Man: A Political Reading of Mark’s Story of Jesus by Ched Meyers (Orbis; $28.00). What does it mean to explore Jesus’ life and ministry through the lens of his Jewishness? Get It Here The Case for Christmas. So you’re right to focus on that as at the heart of the matter but of course it’s Jewish. C. Scribner's sons, 1912 - 540 pages. …the man the New York Times called “a C. S. Lewis for the twenty first century,” unlocks new insights into the life of Jesus Christ as he explores how Jesus came as a king, but as a king who had to bear the greatest burden anyone ever has… Keller shows how the story of Jesus is at once cosmic, historical, and personal, calling each of us to look anew at our relationship with God. He is an author we always recommend unreservedly to anyone that is educated as he is eloquent without being exceedingly literary, he is very well read and draws on just the right mix of fascinating sources, and he tells stories of his own evangelical background and his journey through rejecting fundamentalism, legalism, discovering grace, coping with pain and suffering, and not a small bit of doubt. Picks from Darrell Bock, editor of 'Key Events in the Life of the Historical Jesus.' For instance, the great scientist Francis Collins credits it as key in his salvation. Strauss is a fine evangelical scholar (and served as an associate editor of the huge and balanced NIV Study Bible.) He takes us on a seven-mile journey through the Old Testament stopping at key redemptive-historical episodes, revealing Christ in these places that we may otherwise overlook. In terms of how Christians see him, that historical way of looking at things has now affected how they too see him. 1. “This book is a fine example of how deeply biblical and theological reflection may help answer important questions regarding the person and identity of Jesus Christ. As a Catholic priest, Brown wants to say how these texts relate to Catholic doctrine, especially what Catholics believe about Mary. That’s what I found fascinating in a number of these books, the author going ‘Jesus is quoted as saying X. It reckons well with the real Jesus, not a straw man or caricature, and that is both good and harder than it sounds. With Descartes and the modern world you again get a sharp mind/body dualism. In a highly readable format, the book provides compelling evidence for the truth of the Bible and Christianity's claims. That secondary meaning is also true, and more profound. I’ll admit that I’ve thought his easier collection of sermons called Following Jesus: Biblical Reflections on Discipleship and the one more directly about Christ’s Kingdom-vision (How God Became King) were better, more succinct and compelling, especially for those unfamiliar with historical scholarship about Jesus. The thing about Gerd Theissen is that he’s a very good historian. Hearts & Minds 234 East Main Street  Dallastown, PA  17313 The first set of chapters looks at what he calls “The Original Jesus” which is how the New Testament witnesses to Jesus in the Gospels, Acts, and Letters. David was a thousand years earlier, the greatest Israelite king. It was thoroughly accessible and even included a nice study guide at the end. So if he had called himself ‘Messiah’ that would have denoted he wanted to overthrow the Romans? It will help you learn more about the Jesus story and it will help you care. IN the light of both ancient and modern theological attacks on the Person of Christ, at least two considerations become paramount. So does the distinction between body and soul come in only with Descartes? Edit. There’s a wide variety of belief: a lot of people are not religious, and a lot of people are not Christians. The purpose of this book is not to impress scholars but to awaken and feed the elect of God. We have a lot of overstocked books about Jesus. The little reasons are that it would be monstrous not to have a Roman Catholic, because there are now many good biblical scholars. Well, as it ends up, for honest readers, there are other pretty difficult sayings of Jesus, things that were judgmental and provocative, things that seemed chauvinistic and some might say unkind. We’ve got scholarly books and less demanding ones from varying perspectives. That has to do with the kind of writing we’ve got here. This really is a travelogue, a journey throughout the Holy Land to discover more about the person of Jesus. A picture of the outer history of Jesus doesn’t get at the inwardness of it all. Yes, that’s in Luke. 7 He is the upholder of all things. But he also explains how it’s been understood in the subsequent Christian tradition, ancient as well as modern. I agree with Walter Wink who said if we were making up a person like Jesus, we wouldn’t in a thousand years come up with this one. (For what it is worth, one of the last books Ken did before his death a year ago was a thick, major work called Paul Through Mediterranean Eyes which has a lovely cover that sits as an obvious companion to Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes. It’s what that might mean that’s difficult to get your hands on. I think he probably saw his execution as following through what God was wanting of him. That particular saying of Jesus—one of the ones he probably said—is an interesting one. For anyone that cares about the Bible, this is remarkably inspiring and very wise. It’s a little theological education in itself, this book: you understand what it means to be a New Testament theologian by seeing him reflecting on these texts. Simply Jesus: A New Vision of Who He Was, What He Did, and Why He Matters N.T. That’s a good question because it underlies all the Five Books that I’ve chosen, and lies behind the discussion of the last 200 to 300 years. He looks at views of Christ represented by Justin Martyr to Saint Benedict, Anselm to Bernard of Clairvoux, from the early Councils to Luther and more. We publish at least two new interviews per week. The Greek word that we translate as soul—namely psyche— comes up 500 to 600 times in the Greek Old Testament as a translation of ‘nefesh,’ which means life. From “Jesus Had an Aunt” to “But Was He Funny?” through to the exquisite telling of Jesus’ last days and a reminder of the dance of the Trinity in the final piece called “In the Beginning” Sheppard will draw you it, give you insight, and create space for real transformation. Jesus may have understood some Greek, and he would have understood Hebrew. But here, in Simply Jesus he attempts to summarize his main thesis for beginners or seekers, naming the “perfect storm” of ancient Israel under the boot heel of Roman imperialism and Jesus showing up with his own unique identity and calling. The Quest of the Historical Jesus by Albert Schweitzer Yep, as some say about the resurrection and all the rest: “Well, you didn’t see that coming, did you?”. The book might even surprise you to learn new things about yourself! But the Old Testament is written mainly in Hebrew, so you’ve got to know Hebrew as well. The Person of Christ by Donald Macleod. Of course Jesus was crucified and that’s at the centre of things, but Bultmann sidesteps the whole dogmatic structure of Christian belief. viii. Men need to learn how to love and accept themselves too. This nightmare scenario, of an apocalyptic end of the world like you get in the book of Revelation is really rather removed from my mental picture of Jesus. Jesus Christ is equal with God the Father. Jesus never appears, it’s just the shadow of the Galilean. We read in Rom. Dallastown, PA 17313 This book by Robert Letham on the message and Person of Christ is in the well -received Bible Speaks Today (BST) series edited by Derek Tidball. Aramaic is tricky, because we don’t know all that much about 1st century Aramaic, and the experts sometimes disagree. Or are you just going to look at it in the historical distance and say, “That’s interesting”.’, Here’s a passage from the book that I found intriguing: “We are accustomed to distinguish between the physical or sensuous and the mental or spiritual life. The array of available Catholic books is vast and I wish I could hit pause on my life, curl up on my patio, and read for eleven years. But it was the Hellenistic age, Greek was the lingua franca and a few miles from Nazareth there were Greek towns. Best Intro SQL Book. In a way, this is a great book to give to someone who sneers at conventional views of Jesus or those who think that the legacy of the Christian religion has been more bad than good. I am so glad to have become re-acquainted with this one as I am now convinced that it is a must-read for Wright fans and a fascinating, substantive introduction to Jesus for those who want a basic but solid resource like this. 717-246-3333. He’s saying, ‘Here’s something which some Christians think is absurd to think happened. 2. It’s part of the Greek tradition and therefore comes into Christianity fairly early on. 2.Mere Christianity, by C.S. I was going to ask you who he was, but perhaps you’ve already answered that? That’s part of it, but it’s not the only part. Not only does he show the contemporary relevance of Christ’s teachings, he shows what these teachings meant in the socio-political setting of the first century. The western church plumped for December. The Sacrificial System. So all our knowledge of him comes from? I would pick about 30-40, among them the ones you picked out. So he may have avoided the word. I would say the Church of England has plenty of humanism in it and Jesus has a lot of humanism in his teaching. Read The significance of Jesus is bound to be different for Christians and for non-Christians. Nor do I. Christmas is a huge part of the way people participate in Christianity! There are two stellar introductions to this little book – one by N.T. This book is worth having on hand – you never know when the Lectionary is going to give us one of those hard-to-understand texts again. How do you account for an unsaved elect person? Somebody has to do a Schweitzer on Schweitzer himself. Believers. . Lewis. The Dawn of Christianity: How God Used Simple Fisherman, Soldiers, and Prostitute to Transform the World Robert J. Hutchinson (Nelson) $24.99 This book could sell for considerably more as it is a great, thick hardback with pictures and illustrations, not exactly lavish, but certainly handsome, chock-full of historical stuff, things I hadn’t heard before, good information about how Christianity came to be. The view was Christocentric, but because this was a life (on this earth) of Jesus, the focus was very much on what he did and said, as the second Adam. Like him, I was deeply moved in the early 70s when our youth group went to see The Gospel According to Matthew by the Marxist filmmaker Pasolini. It’s about our own relationship to the past, our identity. The words of a dying person are often dramatic and insightful, serving as a … If you don’t read German, you miss out on a lot that hasn’t been translated which is very good. There are many, many good books on the Sermon on the Mount or that otherwise invite us into the harder teachings of Jesus, what some call “radical discipleship.” I didn’t want to get too far afield in offering books on contemporary discipleship but this classic walks an excellent path between serious Biblical scholarship and practical lifestyle questions for today’s living. Yep, as you most likely know, Rev. Questions of DNA or the biological issue are a total non-issue for us. Read. Our Savior’s Cries from the Cross by Charles Spurgeon. It’s also got a strong future hope, because what we think about the world and God has to do with how we think about the future. That’s what’s so good, when we come to it, about Gerd Theissen’s book, the use he makes of these. Then, going into what people have thought and why they’ve thought it. So he’s written a book that has included what we know about Jesus’s history, but somehow gives it a sense of what it all means for him. The best books on Jesus recommended by Robert Morgan. There are also scores of scholarly books on each of the four gospels. He’s saying, ‘Here is someone or something that confronts me with a decision about my life and how I understand myself.’ To be a believer is to understand oneself in a particular way, in relationship to the transcendent. He covers lots of ground around Calvary. Wright ( IVP Academic) $16.00. Wright (HarperOne) $24.99 This medium sized, solid hardback is a very nice introduction to what Wright says about Jesus and I highly recommend it. 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