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The Person of Christ (Contours of Christian Theology) Paperback – December 6, 1998
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"Read everything in the IVP Contours of Theology series. Pure gold." (Kevin DeYoung, senior pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan)
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"One final point may be made in connection with the humanity of Christ: he came into, and shared, our environment. This too is made plain in John 1:14. He dwelt among us. This involved the most complete sharing of our experiences on the part of the Son of God, accentuated by the fact that he chose not simply to be born, but to be born in a low condition. Hence the 'low estate' of his mother (Luke 1:48). Hence the manger. Hence the flight to Egypt. Hence Nazareth. Hence the homelessness (Matt. 8:20). Hence the penury which has no money to pay the temple tax (Matt. 17:24ff) and no place to celebrate the Passover. Hence the reputed lack of learning and the scorn of the rulers (John 7:48f). . . . For the Son of God, the incarnation meant a whole new set of relationships: with his father and mother; with his brothers and sisters; with his disciples; with the Scribes, the Pharisees and the Sadduccees; with Roman soldiers and with lepers and prostitutes.Read more ›
Donald Macleod compares and debunks many false concepts of Jesus by other theologians. He uses theological terms and defines the words well. One need not be an academic to understand this book. I am trying to say the book is not a difficult read but neither would I recommend the book as introduction to these concepts, but as one who wants to get a fuller grasp. Anyone who presumes to train adults or teenagers should be able to understand this work and not find it to daunting to read. It is important to able to make arguments for the supernatural nature of God in the whole Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This book is an excellent argument against today's Postmodern Heresies. The author makes many arguments about past heresies in Church history about the nature of Jesus. An excellant argument about who Jesus is and what Jesus is not.
1. It is very scholarly. Macleod is obviously brilliant. He's a retired Systematic Theology professor and principal, where he taught for over three decades. But he often uses infrequently used terms , and doesn't define them. He clearly has an apologetic emphasis, particularly against liberalism. This is very helpful and necessary. But his style here is a bit inaccessible, even to seminarians.
2. The material, though related, occasionally seems disjointed. Each chapter appears to stand-alone, almost as if these were orginally given as lectures. This makes it a litte hard on occasion to link a few of the chapters with a preceding or following chapter.
3. Peccability vs. Impeccability: Macleod assumes impeccability, but gives precious little space defending this view. I was truly looking forward to a robust defense, but was disappointed with only one page or so of implications for (rather than a reasonable explanation of) the impeccability view.
All in all, this is a very good book on Christ steeped in Scripture and historic Christian orthodoxy. Macleod engages scholars fairly and carefully, not holding back from exposing their logical inconsistencies. He aptly upholds Chalcedonian Christology in all its fullness, responding to criticisms from liberal scholars. It may be a tough read, especially for this seminarian, but I would certainly read it again. I recommend it to all.
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you have rejected a number of my reviews. therefore, since they were acceptable, you will get no further reviews. can not waste my time like that. you have some nerve. Read morePublished on August 20, 2013 by philip
Probably closer to 3.5 stars. It gets better in chapter 4. His discussion of the passion in that chapter and of kenosis in chapter 8 are highlights. Read morePublished on January 23, 2013 by Gregory A. Baughman
After more than a decade Macleod's The Person of Christ remains the best introduction to Christology. Read morePublished on January 17, 2013 by J. Tomes
A wide ranging, sometimes meandering, yet stunningly comprehensive introduction to the Christian doctrine of the Incarnation. Read morePublished on September 23, 2012 by A. Omelianchuk
This book has serious highs and lows. First off, this book functions far better as an apologetic to the historic orthodox position of the person of Christ within Christians that... Read morePublished on December 28, 2009 by Brett M. Sweet