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The Way of Jesus Christ Paperback – August 1, 1995
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There are many issues to consider in Moltmann's book. Early in the work, Moltmann expresses concerns regarding the nature of such creeds as Nicaea and Chalcedon. It seems that he respects the decisions of these councils but wants to somehow move beyond them. The title chosen for the work `The Way of Jesus Christ' elicits how he wants to portray Christ; "This shows that I am trying to think of Christ no longer statically, as one person in two natures or as a historical personality. I am trying to grasp him dynamically, in the forward movement of God's history with the world. What I wanted was not an eternal Christology for heaven, but a Christology for men and women who are on the way in the conflicts of history" (xii).
For the traditionalist, this may seem at first a bit threatening but the reader should be careful not to miss the broader issues Moltmann is discussing. In essence, he is seeking "a new interpretation of Christ which will be relevant for the present day" (xv). For Moltmann, this new interpretation seems to lie in an "eschatological framework of messianic hope and apocalyptic expectations" (xv).Read more ›
There are seven sections of The Way of Jesus Christ. The first located the field of christology within Old Testament messianology by way of pneumatology. In his self-appropriation of Isaiah 61 and 58 in Luke 4, Jesus declares the agency of the Holy Spirit, and at other points in ministry he links himself with the Son of Man in Daniel 7. Sections 2 and 3 emphasize three components of the messianic identity of Jesus Christ that must be held together: the bringer of the eschatological new creation of all things (emphasized by modernists), the theological child of God (emphasized by traditional christology) and the socially human friend of sinners (emphasized in newer contextual christologies). The historical overemphasis on one aspect over another (and the implications thereof) is fleshed out in Section 2, leading to Moltmann's insistence on dialectical tension between the three.
Section 4 focuses on "The Apocalyptic Sufferings of Christ.Read more ›
Moltmann presents both the problems and the strengths of older christologies, and goes on to build his own conception. Particularly notable with respect to the latter are sections 2,4,7, and 8 in part III. What struck me here was Moltmann's portrayal of the Jewishness of Jesus.
His interpretation of the suffering and death of Jesus is also rich and fascinating, particularly his conception of the eucharist as a uniquely Christian experience of time. Moltmann also takes on the real foundation of christology, i.e. the resurrection, with typical erudition and insight. His articulation of the historical meaning involved in this event should interest not only theologians, but also philosophers of history. By far the most ambitious section of the book comes in section VI, where Moltmann tries to reconcile the cosmic vision of Colossians and Ephesians with the Paul's futurist eschatology. Whether or not we all agree with the outcome of this attempt, it makes for incredibly interesting reading. As always, Moltmann is at his best when the issue is eschatology, and his concluding discussion of the parousia is no exception.
In short, this book presents an articulate alternative to the metaphysical christologies of ages past and to the dessicated naturalism of 19th and 20th century liberal theology. As always, age-old dogmas and forgotten concepts come alive in Moltmann's able hands.
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If you like Moltmann, you will like this book. It represents his second exploration into Christology, after The Crucified God. Read morePublished 21 days ago by George M. Plasterer
Prof. Moltmann makes his deep theological thought thorough, concise, and accessible. While I have a seminary education, I do not believe it takes a seminary education to... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Gordon Blackman, Jr.
This book is translated from the German . It is somewhat difficult to read through it, but otherwise helpful if you want to know more about modern theology.Published 15 months ago by hanna tschekunow
This book is a must read for any Christian who wants understand the Cross and the suffering Christ. Moltmann really opens up the power of the God of Love for the reader to... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Andrew
This seminal text moves us from the vision of the God-man in his Godforsakenness as the beginning point of Christian reflection, to what it means to follow that same Christ as Lord... Read morePublished on November 5, 2013 by Carolyn
Moltmann presents both the history of the messiah as well as the messianic hope for the future not yet realized. Read morePublished on November 3, 2011 by Josh