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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company; First Edition edition (May 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802860265
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802860262
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Ernst K�semann (1906–1998) taught New Testament at the University of Mainz, the University of G�ttingen, and the University of T�bingen. He is the author of many books on the New Testament and in 1985 was awarded the Sexauer Gemeinde Prize for Theology.

Roy A. Harrisville is professor emeritus of New Testament at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota. He is also coauthor of The Bible in Modern Culture: Baruch Spinoza to Brevard Childs (Eerdmans).

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mark P. Brown VINE VOICE on August 30, 2010
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Most Americans who read theology read exclusively native English language works. There is more than enough produced, and the continental output usually gets maligned with the vaguely heretical brush. The specter of Bultmann hangs over all of it. Ernst Kasemann was a student in his younger days of Bultmann. It would be easy to take that as excuse enough to avoid reading. And that would be a shame.

I do not know enough of Kasemann's work to judge if there is any radical change. Most of these essays, sermons and lectures here seem to come from the last fifth of his life - when reputation and standing would have been set. They are the unpublished works collected and translated by admirers after his passing. What they do ring clearly with is the freedom of the Gospel. And not just a platitude freedom, but the freedom of being a disciple. The type of freedom that makes the powerful uncomfortable and the timid wish for the easy life in Egypt. Kasemann seems to affirm old doctrines like original sin in new ways, and his old teacher's project of de-mythologizing does hang as a specter, but one that says there is something wrong with us because we feel the need to whitewash our sacred texts instead of interact with them.

The text itself is demanding. It is not that the translation is poor, but that the meaning is dense. Rarely did a paragraph pass that did not require a stop. Knowing a little about the continental background is helpful, and the editors have included a short review by Kasemann himself just before his death in the foreword. If you want a challenging and insightful read that is probably out of the common zone, this volume of Kasemann rewards the effort.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richard C. Woodhouse on April 7, 2012
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I reviewed this book about a year ago, and gave it a not that favorable review. I have reread it, and I have changed my mind about this volume by Dr Kasemann. I think that he is mostly right in what he was saying about our propensity to sublimate and hide from the implications of being followers of Jesus Christ. Coming as I do, from such an affluent society in comparison with most others of both today and the past, I know that avoidence of suffering is the main ethos of our culture. Being a genuine follower of the Crucified Lord, is going to entail suffering and not being popular. Professor Kasemann fought against the poisonous ideas of the Nazis in Germany and was all to familiar with suffering for his Beliefs. Something that most western "Christians" have no idea about, though some do who have become missionaries. Anyways, He has some good things to teach in the varous essays in this volume. I don't agree with all He has to say, but for the most part, the Christian Church was lucky to have this Man in its ranks.
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