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  • Hardcover: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Glazier (October 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814680585
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814680582
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fr. Laurance writes from the summit of his scholarship, gathering a lifetime’s reflection and research in this masterful exploration of the Eucharist. It provides an up-to-date review of sources for the scholar, but is straightforward enough to be accessible to anyone wishing to deepen their experience of the Eucharist.
David Fagerberg, University of Notre Dame


The merits of this work are many and significant: the research is first-rate; the text is accessible and informative; and the gift and challenge of the Eucharist for the Christian community emerge unambiguously. The theology developed in the first half of the book—from Christology to ecclesiology, and on to liturgical theology—is a fine synthesis; it also lays an excellent foundation for the study of the Eucharistic celebration in the book’s second half. This is a text that RCIA groups in parishes, no less than diocesan presbyterates, could explore to their great enrichment.
Richard Lennan, Professor of Systematic Theology, Boston College – School of Theology and Ministry


Calling into question the overlooked reality of women as creators and interpreters of beauty, [this book] opens new dimensions in the developing area of theological aesthetics as well as the traditional field of theological anthropology…. Its contribution to theology lies in the way it knocks on the door of theological aesthetics, showing the enrichment that could ensue if it opened to include women, their imaginative work of critique and their constructive work of interpretation. More broadly, it takes its place in the growing body of work that contributes to the struggle for human dignity and spiritual self-determination for women that is a hallmark of our time. Read it with anticipation of bracing critique and constructive ideas, especially regarding the linkage of beauty with justice.
From the Foreword by Elizabeth A. Johnson, author of Quest for the Living God and She Who Is


Some have said that this book will become a classic. Indeed, it should be so considered. But much will depend on whether or not scholars will dismiss it as lacking uniqueness and innovation, and whether or not non-professionals will invest the energy in reading a scholarly treatment of Jesus. May both groups stretch themselves and give it the attention it so richly deserves!
Michael J. Bowling, The Englewood Review of Books


Grounded in the most careful study of the historical Jesus and enlivened by a deep faith in the Risen Christ, this book will be of inestimable use to everyone from scholars to seekers and will most likely become a classic. It is that rarest of books on Jesus in which the author combines solid exegetical work with a profound sense of the spiritual. On top of that, it's beautifully written (and here, translated). Lohfink's book is in every way a joy.
James Martin, SJ, Author of The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything


Lohfink’s Jesus of Nazareth is the best Jesus book I know. It is solidly based on sound biblical scholarship, full of fresh theological insights, respectful of the Gospels and their portraits of Jesus, and beautifully expressed. It is especially effective in highlighting the centrality of God’s reign and Israel as God’s people in Jesus’ life and work.
Daniel J. Harrington, SJ, Professor of New Testament, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry


For several decades Jerome Murphy-O’Connor has been one of New Testament scholarship’s most engaging interlocutors. Never one to mince his words or fail to engage in dialogue with those who disagree with him, Murphy-O’Connor never ceases to offer intriguing and often novel points of view. His work advances scholarship by challenging others to rethink their positions. This collection of essays is classic Murphy-O’Connor—crystal clear and thought provoking.
Raymond F. Collins, Visiting Scholar, Brown University


The subtitle of this book could well be ‘Collected Essays Old and New.’ Accompanying each of his previously published articles on Galatians, Murphy-O’Connor has added a postscript, each often comparable in length to the original essay. In each postscript, with characteristic incisiveness and wit, Murphy-O’Connor considers later scholarly attempts to grapple with the questions that had engaged him in his original essays. What the reader will discover is that many of Murphy-O’Connor’s original insights and explanations have stood the test of time! Fortunately, they have been collected in this handy volume.
Maria Pascuzzi, St. Thomas University, Miami Gardens, FL

About the Author

Gerhard Lohfink was professor of New Testament exegesis at the University of Tübingen. Since 1986, he has lived and worked as a theologian for the Catholic Integrated Community. His many books include Jesus of Nazareth and Does God Need the Church?, both from Liturgical Press

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This is certainly the most insightful and comprehensive book on Jesus of Nazareth I've read.
Brigid Driscoll
Anyone wanting to grow in their walk with Jesus will do exactly that by reading and studying this excellent book about the life of the greatest person who ever lived.
Joel Holtz
The very best scriptural book on Jesus I have ever read and I've read many of them over the last 50 years.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Joel Holtz VINE VOICE on October 29, 2012
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This is yet another outstanding release for Liturgical Press. Gerhard Lohfink has written a detailed, clear, and easy to follow account of the life of Christ.

Covered are Jesus' parables, his life and death, his miracles, his relation to the Torah, the Old Testament, judgment, and more.

The two chapters on discipleship and calling, 5 and 6, are two of the best in the entire book.

Anyone wanting to grow in their walk with Jesus will do exactly that by reading and studying this excellent book about the life of the greatest person who ever lived.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Richard C. Woodhouse on January 13, 2013
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This new book by Gerhard Lohfink is an excellent study of Jesus. I found his insights on Jesus to be really illuminating and they come from a truly original perspective. I especially found the chapter on the Miracles of Jesus to be of great help to Me. I have always had problems with the miracles. Being a product of our hyper skeptical age, I struggle with this aspect of the New Testament. Yet I know that the Gospels are shredded without the miraculous ministry of Jesus. You can't do what Thomas Jefferson did and still have Christianity. Plus the miraculous is vital for Eschatology and our personal futures. So any writer that can make this most important, yet difficult aspect of the witness to Jesus, more understandable and believable, has done people of our culture a service. The issue of God's power comes into the mix here, in a very pronounced way. Yet the tension is there in the fact that Jesus himself was not keen on relying on having "Signs", as proof in giving him creedence. The chapter on Judgement was also a great part of the book. Throughout the book Lohfink makes a very good point of the Jewishness of Jesus and how the Hebrew Bible makes him understandable. That He is the fullfillment of its main teachings, though He made numerous corrections of its drift into various kinds of legalism. The Covenant has not been revoked! The chapter on Jesus and the Law, is also one of the best I have had the pleasure to read in years. This book is a far superior one to many of the Historical Jesus books that came out in the 90's in my opinion. This author is well aware of the nature of genre and the proper differences between Modern and Ancient approaches to "History". The Gospels are Historical, but not in the way Modern Historical writing would like them to be.Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J-Readsalot on May 23, 2013
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This is a fresh and illuminating look at an old question. The author's approach is insightful and thought provoking. We view Jesus' words and actions from the perspective of what scriptures he knew, how he interperted them, and what was the overall community's view of faith, God, and worship.
The book is not an easy read. It is quite dense at times as it traces thought patterns back through the religious history of Israel. It is, however, worth the effort as one is left with new insights into Jesus' life, miracles, resurrection, and hopefully a more accurate understanding of the Jesus question.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mary D. Carmody on February 26, 2013
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If you are serious about understanding who Jesus was and what he wanted, this is your book. It is scholarly and accessible; faith-filled and radical. It is a book that I will read many times with profit. Don't be put off by the fear of a translation-from-German. The translator is a gifted writer as well as a superb theologian.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Hesuitas on November 29, 2012
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I have studied Scripture at Georgetown and Notre Dame with some of the greats over the past 20 years. I would rank this work as one of the top ten books on Scripture with its insight and relevance both to its Jewish cultural reality in the time of Jesus and its present message of the Gospel in the modern world. I would highly recommend this work if you teach or preach with the scriptures.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David Haschka on May 20, 2013
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Father Daniel Harrington, S.J. proclaimed this the best Jesus book ever. Those who know Fr. Harrington told me that is extraordinary praise indeed. I was not disappointed in the least. I found the book accessible while being theologically sophisticated and spiritually inspiring while being intellectually stimulating.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By tommyd on January 4, 2014
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this look at Christ's life through superb exegesis is brilliant. It's easy reading and really makes you think about Jesus Christ.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Holder on November 23, 2013
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What we think of when we think of God is the most important thing about us. I have struggled with Jesus' question "but who do you say that I am?" my entire life. Not because I don't "get it," but because it defines me, it defines everyone.

Lohfink's Jesus of Nazareth explores this question from prior to creation to the end of times, from his detractors to his disciples, from the Torah to the Wisdom literature to the Gospel of John. It is a masterpiece. I am so grateful for that review in America Magazine.
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