The Real Jesus made Luke Timothy Johnson famous as the leading debunker of the historical-Jesus movement. In Living Jesus: Learning the Heart of the Gospel, Johnson makes a more constructive presentation--a meditative and scriptural explanation of his understanding of the real Jesus. "The most important question concerning Jesus," according to Johnson, is "Do we think he is dead or alive?" The book begins offering its own answer to that question with an enthusiastic essay on the resurrection, which culminates with another question: "How does Jesus now find continuing embodiment as life-giving Spirit? As all-powerful Lord, in any fashion he chooses!" Johnson describes a Jesus who is living all around us, in the canon, creed, sacraments, lives of the saints, and elsewhere. Johnson then provides readings of each gospel, Acts, Paul's epistles, and Revelation to give his arguments scriptural mooring. The Real Jesus rambles a bit--at times, it reads suspiciously like class lecture notes--but it's got a good heart. The book's goal is to wake readers up so they can live in the truth, "so that we might become living texts speaking Jesus in the world--saints from whom others also might learn Jesus." --Michael Joseph Gross --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Johnson (The Real Jesus), the Jesus Seminar's thorn in the flesh, presents the rich spirituality of the Gospels. Johnson argues that, according to his reading of the Gospels, Jesus is not a dead, historical figure but a living character in believers' lives. He asserts that the true purpose of the New Testament is to show Christians how to model their lives on Jesus' life. Johnson's book is divided into two complementary parts. In part one, Johnson contends that to be a Christian means to claim that Jesus is life-giving Spirit, to live according to Jesus' words and works and to bear witness, as Jesus did, to the reality of God. Part two engages in a close reading of the Gospels, noting that each Gospel's specific way of shaping its community's memories of Jesus is affected by the author's perceptions of his readers' situation. Although each Gospel provides a different perspective on Jesus, Johnson says, the same living figure is recognizable in the varied portraits. Refusing to be taken in by what he perceives as the deadening effects of the historical criticism of the Gospels, Johnson offers a spiritual reading that, in his mind, gives the only true access to the Jesus of authentic Christian faith.
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Okay reading for conservative, somewhat fundamentalist Catholics, but not as well written as I expected and much too simplistic in it's theological summary.Published 2 months ago by napewastewin
A head book and hard for this heart person to stay focused while reading. Good for me though. Also, required reading for spiritual formation class!Published 3 months ago by Sheila M. Kunzweiler
This book is a thoughtful defense of the Bible as the unique and authoritative witness to Jesus as the Christ. Read morePublished 6 months ago by William P. Shackleford, Jr.
This book is ideal for anyone who wants an inspirational, fast-paced overview of the New Testament. The main thrust is this: Christianity is about the living Jesus as found in the... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Tiro
"Living Jesus" is an expression of Luke Timothy Johnson's faith and at the same time a very good introduction to each book of the New Testament. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Frash
Johnson dislikes all forms of historical Jesus work, including the evangelical contributions to the Third Quest. But I think he protests too much. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Amazon Customer