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Christ and Time Hardcover – August, 1977

ISBN-13: 978-0849016141 ISBN-10: 0849016142

 
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Gordon Pr Pubs (August 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849016142
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849016141
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,483,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Golden on August 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The object of this book is to determine what is central in the Christian proclamation. "In what," asks Dr. Cullmann, "does the specifically Christian element of the New Testament revelation consist? That is to say, what is there which it does not have in common with philosophical or religious systems?" Dr. Cullmann finds his answer to these questions by means of a unique analysis of Primitive Christianity's conception of Christ's place in time. He describes this conception as a linear one, with Christ's life, death and resurrection as the mid-point of the entire historical process. In reference to our practice of numbering both forward and backward from the birth of Christ, he points out that "today scarcely anyone thinks of the fact that this division is not merely a convention resting upon Christian tradition, but actually presupposes fundamental assertions of New Testament theology concerning time and history. These presuppositions are just as foreign to present-day thought as the Christian calendar is familiar to it." Cullmann shows that the Biblical view of time is in opposition to the circular concept of Greek philosophy and in opposition also to the time conception of Karl Barth. He evaluates Albert Schweitzer's eschatology, and opposes Rudolph Bultmann's efforts to strip the framework of time from the Gospel accounts. Brilliant, scholarly, and well-organized, the book emphasizes the Kingship of Christ and builds to a concept of a divine plan that has as its aim the rdemption of all men, and in which there is a definite place for every human being-- past, present, and to come.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Haines on January 24, 2014
Format: Paperback
Christ and Time: The Primitive Christian Conception of Time and History, 3rd edition. Oscar Cullman. Translated from German by Floyd V. Filson. SCM Press Ltd., 1962.

This book, by Oscar Cullman, who is also the author of the book The Christology of the New Testament, and a plethora of other books concerning New Testament Interpretation and Theology, seeks to outline how, according to Cullman, the early church interpreted history and time. Seeking to stay as far away from any philosophical influences Cullman wishes to explain what the proper Christian understanding of History is according to scripture. In a sense this book is a contribution to the philosophy of history, but, Cullman does not wish it to be seen this way, rather, he wishes to show how history should be interpreted, in light of the truth of Christianity. This review will begin by explaining the purpose of this book, followed by an outline of the way in which the author accomplishes his purpose. Finally we will speculate concerning the relative utility and worth of this book today.

According to Cullman, the purpose of this book is to show that, “In the first place, salvation is bound to a continuous time process which embraces past, present, and future. Revelation and salvation take place along the course of an ascending time line. (Oscar Cullman, Christ and Time (London: SCM Press, 1962), 32.)” He also seeks to show that “it is characteristic of this estimate of time as the scene of redemptive history that all points of this redemptive line are related to the one historical fact at the mid-point, a fact which precisely in its unrepeatable character, which marks all historical events, is decisive for salvation. This fact is the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeff W. Jones on December 3, 2013
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Very little is written in the last century about end times that is not tainted by an over emphasis
concerning final judgment of evil. The Parousia of the Lord is a time. The word Parousia means
"presence". All the prophets spoke must be fulfilled. The writer of Hebrews mentions a shaking
that's still coming. He was referring to Haggai 2:6 after Jesus came to earth.
This book is valuable in studying "times" and how everything that Jesus spoke has
prophetic meaning. What a study! Primitive Christian conceptions that are true are being revealed
anew by the Lord. We need them! An excellent book!
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By Joy Weston on February 20, 2014
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I am enjoying the book but find it a lengthy writing style which is probably consistent with its time of writing.
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