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No Irrelevant Jesus: On Jesus and the Church Today Hardcover – February 4, 2014


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  • Hardcover: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Glazier (February 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814682642
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814682647
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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No Irrelevant Jesus is composed of short talks Lohfink has given over the years that are filled with exegetical and theological wisdom. . . . Lohfink is a German determined not to forget the terror that was Nazi Germany. This book is also relevant for the challenges facing Christians in America. His is a vision, deeply grounded in scripture, that I believe is our future.
Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor Emeritus of Divinity and Law, Duke University
The Christian Century


Gerhard Lohfink is to theology what Flannery O'Connor is to literature: a voice calling us to be aware of what really matters. O'Connor shouts to a culture deaf to grace; Lohfink confronts anyone trying to tame and domesticate Jesus. Modern-day prophets they are.
Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Robert F. Morneau, Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin


Gerhard Lohfink not only demonstrates that Jesus and his church are unquestionably relevant for life today, his essays also offer readers clear and theologically wise responses to critical issues of our day. While his writing is solid and sophisticated, it is accessible to scholar and seeker alike. Brilliantly written and translated, this work should be on the reading list of everyone interested in updating their understanding of Jesus and his church with fresh and stimulating insights.
Stephen J. Binz, independent scholar, speaker, and author of biblical theology and spirituality


No Irrelevant Jesus by Gerhard Lohfink is an excellent complement to the author's Jesus of Nazareth. It highlights the mystery of Jesus Christ and his message in relation to the church's nature and mission. Speaking to general readers as well as to scholars, it illumines the living Lord's "good news" in its biblical setting and also in the context of our contemporary world. Its short, clear, down-to-earth essays challenge us to orient our lives and the church to the coming of God's reign.
Robert A. Krieg, Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame


Following his highly successful Jesus of Nazareth, Gerhard Lohfink delivers another stunning achievement with this passionate set of essays about why Jesus remains relevant. Originally a series of public lectures, the chapters retain their oral flair, reflected in the excellent translation. They also impart a wealth of sophisticated information on a variety of themes tied to Jesus and his ministry: miracles, the love commandment, salvation, sin and reconciliation, the nature of the church, the episcopacy, and more. This book demonstrates once more Lohfink's eminent status as a seasoned scholar who nonetheless has the ability to communicate a meaningful pastoral message. In short, a superb book on Jesus' significance for the church today!
Ronald D. Witherup, SS, Superior General of the Society of the Priests of Saint Sulpice and author of Saint Paul and the New Evangelization


No Irrelevant Jesus is a profound meditation on what Jesus means for the church and our world today. In probing metaphors of the church as a sacrament, as the eschatological Israel, Lohfink explores the church's newness, its proper name as an assembly, how a sacrament works, and how faith works. He carefully parses for us how to pray as a way to get access to reality. Readers will not only be deeply enlightened but also feel a call for a genuine and deep conversion (as individuals and the church) against any taming of Jesus.
John A. Coleman, SJ, Associate Pastor, St. Ignatius Church, San Francisco, California


Gerhard Lohfink is a superb scholar and a beautiful writer who helped many readers see the Son of God in an entirely new light with his brilliant book Jesus of Nazareth. Now, in a series of wise, provocative, and inspiring essays, backed by vast learning and deep prayer, Lohfink reveals Jesus as he was and is, and the church as it was and is meant to become.
James Martin, SJ, Author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage


“With his succinct treatment of complex topics, Lohfink writes with his customary level of scholarly depth. When a writer or a speaker knows their material and has had years of experience in sharing it with others, there simply is a sense of “gravitas” or trustworthiness to their writing. . . . As Lohfink sketches the “untamed” Jesus, he moves freely between biblical texts, ancient writers, modern theologians and expressions of contemporary culture. . . . Everyone who takes the time to read and ponder this book will be challenged to new depths of discipleship and alerted to new possibilities as we live into the arrival of God’s kingdom already present in Christ and his Church.”
                Michael J. Bowling
                Englewood Review of Books

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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Patrick C. Mowery on April 29, 2014
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Ms Maloney has provided an excellent translation of Fr. Lofink's excellent sequel to his "Jesus of Nazareth" by illustrating how Jesus's Gospel message can be applied today. Thus, he illustrates how miracles, his message of love and the reign of God are still relevant. He also expands his discussions to include insights into the theology of St. Paul, and how effects of the ancient world impacted the message of Christ-lovers. He also discusses the nature of divine revelation, and how the Judeo-Christian tradition differs from other religions, and how these differences may impact of modern thinking. No Irrelevant Jesus provided valuable insight into how Christianity most appropriately fits with the modern world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mugz on July 21, 2014
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Should read his Jesus of Nazareth first to fully appreciate this.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bill on June 12, 2014
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Once again Lofhink has come thru with a solid meaty book on Jesus. This book brings some real challenges to all believers of every Christian denomination. What is Jesus really trying to say to us today? Lohfinlk spells it out clearly and challenges every one of us to understand that to follow Jesus is no easy thing.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dismas Kalcic on June 16, 2014
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Simply, one of the most insightful books on Catholic Christianity. Gerhard Lohfink had made presentations on the faith and put them together in a book when he saw a unifying theme. Each chapter is easy to read, because it was written to be delivered orally.
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