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The Many Faces of Christ: The Christologies of the New Testament and Beyond (Companions to the New Testament) [Paperback]

By III Ben Witherington (Author)
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In this volume the NT is discussed in chronological order of what the historical Jesus did, what he said, and what those around him believed.

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In this volume the noted scholar Ben Witherington, III discusses in chronological order the New Testament evidence of what the historical Jesus did, what he said, and what those around him believed. Jesus was a complex figure and, like light shining through a prism, reflections on the man who fits no one formula have produced a variety of colors and depths of shade that cannot and should not be all blended into some monochromatic image.

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The Many Faces of Christ: The Christologies of the New Testament and Beyond (Companions to the New Testament) by III Ben Witherington has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Publishers Weekly - 02/23/1998 page 64

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Studio: The Crossroad Publishing Company
Pages   272
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.99" Width: 6.01" Height: 0.78"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 1998
Publisher   The Crossroad Publishing Company
Edition  New  
Series  Companions To The New Testament  
ISBN  0824517059  
ISBN13  9780824517052  

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More About III Ben Witherington

Ben Witherington, III Bible scholar Ben Witherington is Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary and on the doctoral faculty at St. Andrews University in Scotland. A graduate of UNC, Chapel Hill, he went on to receive the M.Div. degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from the University of Durham in England. He is now considered one of the top evangelical scholars in the world, and is an elected member of the prestigious SNTS, a society dedicated to New Testament studies.

Witherington has also taught at Ashland Theological Seminary, Vanderbilt University, Duke Divinity School and Gordon-Conwell. A popular lecturer, Witherington has presented seminars for churches, colleges and biblical meetings not only in the United States but also in England, Estonia, Russia, Europe, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Australia. He has also led tours to Italy, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Jordan, and Egypt.

Witherington has written over forty books, including The Jesus Quest and The Paul Quest, both of which were selected as top biblical studies works by Christianity Today. He also writes for many church and scholarly publications.

Along with many interviews on radio networks across the country, Witherington has been seen on the History Channel, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, The Discovery Channel, A&E, and the PAX Network.

Ben Witherington currently resides in the state of Kentucky. Ben Witherington was born in 1951 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Asbury Theological Seminary.

Ben Witherington has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Lightfoot Legacy Set
  2. New Testament Commentary
  3. Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary

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Replying to a Central Question, "Does the New Testament calls Jesus God?"   Nov 19, 2005

"Yet in some respects Rice's Jesus is one that Fredricksen would not recognize, as Rice is perfectly clear in her portrayal of Jesus as both divine and human, and most definitely as the only begotten Son of God born of the virgin Mary." Ben Witherington

Anne Rice's Christ:
In a recent review posted, November 16, 2005, by Ben Witherington of Anne Rice's 'Christ the Lord - Out of Egypt,' he wrote, "Rice gets to critique liberal Jesus scholars, amongst others. Rice also tells us the story of her conversion and return to Roman Catholicism, which entailed a return to investigate questions which had haunted her all her life -how did Christianity actually come about? ...I would give myself utterly to the task of trying to understand Jesus himself and how Christianity emerged."
To the reconverted Roman Catholic novelist quest, Witherington anticipated statement, seven years earlier was, "Where did all of this vast array of christological thinking come from? Ultimately, we have argued, it in many cases goes back to Jesus himself, or to the earliest Jewish Christian followers of Jesus."

Many faces of the Christ:
The renowned Bible scholar explains, in Gospel precedence; NT Worship records, Pauline epistles, Synoptics, Acts of Early Church, Johannine Corpus, and ultimately the General epistles concludes on the evidence of the wonder deeds, and teachings of the historical Jesus, and what his disciples thought of him. The Christ, whose light shone in radiant teachings and great acts by Jesus, and expressed in his multiple witness, are reviewed and their christologies analyzed and evaluated by Witherington.
Witherington scope in his New Testament survey, of the different views of the life and work of Jesus, recorded in the early Christian writings, is in particular exploring the NT christologies. His coverage is different, in scope and audience, than many christology scholars, including the extensive Schillebeeck's 'Jesus and Christ,' and is more concerned with replying a very central question, "Does the New Testament calls Jesus God?"

Christology in Review:
In a scholarly essay, in disregard of Fredriksen who pioneered the development of the Christological Myth; 'From Jesus to Christ,' and Cohen who follows suit in a line of non believing academics, he comes to the very contrary conclusion. Professor Cohen of Brown University states about the Christ, "you would say he was a magician, a charlatan, a faker, a pretender, just a cheap trickster", while Dr. Fredriksen of Boston University alleges that, "we might think that the attribution of apocalyptic hope to Jesus came from a level after his lifetime, or may be was the editorial decision of the evangelist"
In his well informed treatment, without trying to reconcile the various witness, Witherington comes to the same conclusions of early Jews and Jewish Christians, predicating a very high Christology, including Christ theos, very early on. In his final apology he writes, "Any adequate discussion of the growth and development of New Testament Christologies will have to reckon with the probability that some Christians understood that they took to be fuller implications of the Christ-event sooner than others,"

Ben Witherington III:
Bible scholar Witherington, Ph.D., from the U. of Durham, England, is Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Asbury Theological Seminary, Kentucky. Witherington has taught at Vanderbilt University, Duke Divinity School and has written over thirty books, including The Jesus Quest and The Paul Quest, both of which were selected as top biblical studies works by Christianity Today. Now considered one of the world top evangelical scholars, is an elected member of SNTS, the prestigious society of New Testament studies.

Methodology in Review:
"Witherington has such felicitous turns of phrase and a manner of writing that makes reading such dense material delightful. ...He has [always] shown that historical criticism is still the most fundamental tool in the box." --Bryn Mawr Classical Review

a solid study  Apr 1, 2002
this is a great little introduction to new testament christology. witherington covers all of the bases: the pre-Christian era, the christology of Jesus, each book in the new testament, and the early patristic evidence.
placing his study firmly within the context of early Judaism, witherington concludes that the christology offered by the New Testament actually exceeds that of the ante-nicene period. his dealing with the evidence is always fair, and he never overplays his hand. witherington is one of the finest new testament scholars of our day (particularly in the area of Wisdom christology), and this is a fantastic introduction to his work.

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