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Discipleship (Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works, Vol. 4) (Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works (Paperback)) Paperback – June 1, 2003
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A brief note on this edition of the book:
The Bonhoeffer Works series is a must-own collection for serious students of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. The updated translation is excellent, and though there are times when one longs for a particular turn of phrase from older translations there is little doubt that what is presented here is closer to the actual thought of the author. One place where the new translation is weaker (to my way of thinking) is its use of gender neutral language. I'm not opposed to changing the dominant masculine on ideological grounds, but there are times when a graceful or elegant turn of phrase becomes clunky or a the author's meaning is obscured because of it.Read more ›
Why should you pay more for this edition of "Discipleship" ("The Cost of Discipleship" in other translations) than other editions that are available. This is part of a series that is collecting Bonhoeffer's works, determining the true German original (textual criticism), and adding helpful notes in order to understand the "sitz im leben" at the time Bonhoeffer wrote particular things, their place in his theological corpus, and relationship to the rest of the corpus.
The notes also help with understanding how Bonhoeffer uses particular German words and, for those with some German ability, allows you to see the actual German word used when the editors believed it would be helpful.
The editors also explain Bonhoeffer's use of certain Greek words, eg, they tell us Bonhoeffer uses the Greek "philanthropia" in the literal sense of "love of human persons," rather than as the word "philanthropy" is used in American culture. I note that the Greek fonts appear fairly clearly, a quality that is not uniform among Kindle books.
I believe this critical edition is worth the added expense.
However, the Kindle edition needs work. Footnotes are in-line in the text instead of marked with links. The publisher needs to work on this as it is a tremendous distraction while reading.
Discipleship is an absolute must (and a great starting point) for people looking to push deeper into their own understanding of what it is to "follow after" Jesus. I particularly enjoyed this version for it's footnotes (something I usually skip).
For those wanting some Bonhoeffer, but not wanting to commit to the larger work, I'd also strongly recommend his "Life Together."
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"Discipleship" is Bonhoeffer's original title of what was eventually translated from German and released in the US as "The Cost of Discipleship". I tried to read "The Cost of Discipleship" over 25 years ago but I guess I wasn't at the right spot in my Christian walk to appreciate what he was saying and gave up after the first couple dozen pages. That was then. Now I am beginning my second reading and using it more as a study guide.
I highly recommend reading the biography of Bonhoeffer ( see my other review ) prior to reading this book. It makes the footnote and references easier to understand and enhances your understanding of what was happening at the time. It is not a requirement for understanding the message and call of "Discipleship" but it helps to understand Bonhoeffer’s frame of mind as he worked and reworked the manuscript during very tubulent years.
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Another way to view Christianity and how it is lived. This brings challenge to your heart and critical thinking in regards to "how we do church," in our plastic bubbles and... Read morePublished 9 days ago by James Ellerbe
This is a great study and I would encourage people to read it, as his
words are as meaningful today as they were when Hitler rose to power.
This is some heavy reading, get ready to just read the same paragraphs over and over, understanding more and more. Think I highlighted like half the book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Craig Reuter
Difficult read but a must for any sincere Christ-Follower.Published 10 months ago by Faber F. Mcmullen
Bonhoeffer is brilliant! I recommend a very quite place with little to no distractions when reading.Published 11 months ago by David Cook
If only had 1/10th of the personal courage that Dietrich Bonhoeffer had I would be most grateful person in the world. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Richard Koethe
While this is a classic spiritual classic that everyone should read, don't think this is an easy read. This is a dense theological text, but one that is well worth the journey. Read morePublished 13 months ago by B. Burkholder
part one excellent. part two is just compilation of scriptures w/o comment. But part one is worth the price of the book.Published 17 months ago by John MacLeod