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Jesus of Nazareth: What He Wanted, Who He Was Hardcover – October 1, 2012
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"Crisp and very readable prose. . . .Lohfink has fresh things to say about Jesus' teaching through parables, about his sayings about judgment and, especially, about understanding Jesus' miracles. . . . Having read and studied, Jesus of Nazareth (and squirreled it away as a rich resource for future preaching and having been truly moved spiritually by it), I can agree with Daniel Harrington, S.J. [author of Jesus: A Historical Portrait]: "Lohfink's Jesus of Nazareth is the best Jesus book I know."
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Covered are Jesus' parables, his life and death, his miracles, his relation to the Torah, the Old Testament, judgment, and more.
The two chapters on discipleship and calling, 5 and 6, are two of the best in the entire book.
Anyone wanting to grow in their walk with Jesus will do exactly that by reading and studying this excellent book about the life of the greatest person who ever lived.
The book is not an easy read. It is quite dense at times as it traces thought patterns back through the religious history of Israel. It is, however, worth the effort as one is left with new insights into Jesus' life, miracles, resurrection, and hopefully a more accurate understanding of the Jesus question.
The author hits the nail on the head by saying, "Modern Jesus literature shows more of the spirit of the writers who manufacture a Jesus who conforms to their own agenda." Lohfink demonstrates throughout this book that Jesus cannot be understood independently of faith in him and cannot be understood independently of the gospels. The Jesus of the gospels is the real historical Jesus. Lohfink also stresses that Jesus cannot be understood apart from the Old Testament and the traditions of Israel in which he was firmly rooted and fully committed to. Jesus didn't try to abrogate the Law and start a new religion. Jesus saw his ministry as the fulfillment of the Law according to God's will.
Lohfink refers to the Kingdom of God as the Reign of God because it was completely centered upon God, unlike any human kingdom.
Lohfink demonstates how the christology of the New Testament can be traced to the historical Jesus and was not the result of Hellenization. In other words, the gospels are an accurate reflection of what Jesus believed about himself. This is hard for many modern scholars to accept because the Jesus of the gospels does not fit into a neat little package and doesn't conform to any previously known stereotypes. The portrait of Jesus as a prophet, sage, or political revolutionary does not do justice to the historical Jesus.Read more ›
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I ordered this book with some hesitation as many books on theology become a slow slog before one is able to finish them. This book is definitely not a slow slog. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is an easy to read book on Christology. The references to both Old Testament and New Testament is good. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Dominic J. Romaguera
Not for the faint of heart. It is tough going at times for those not schooled in biblical exegesis but worth the ride.Published 11 months ago by John D. Fitzmorris
I liked the book -- I'm not Roman Catholic as the author, but the book isn't written from a denominational perspective. Read morePublished 11 months ago by John Inman
Interesting analysis that has been a game changer. I highly recommend it!Published 12 months ago by W. Menezes
I never read this book because I could never find it on my Amazon Kindle account, so I cancelled the order. However, Amazon kept the $10. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Barry Nestor
I bought this book some months ago, and took it part by part. Right now I am reading the Holy Week days and sufferings of Jesus in preparation for the celebration of Easter. Fr. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Srcacosb