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Overview In Jesus: A Gospel Portrait, Fr. Donald Senior has thoroughly revised and updated his clasic and widely-used study of the biblical Jesus so that it provides full information on the latest insights into the infancy narratives and the resurrection accounts of the gospels, and gives readers an excellent bibliography for further study. He has even included questions for study and reflection at the end of each chapter so that this volume will be even more readily usable as a textbook for study in classes or groups. Father Senior gives a fresh and appealing portrait of Jesus' life within his Jewish heritage and in the context of the land, culture and history of the first century. He shows how the gospels developed as they expanded further this experience and message of Jesus within the groups that make up the gospel drama, such as his disciples, women, and outcasts from society.
Publishers Description This book leads the reader to the mystery, power, and amazing freshness of the biblical Jesus.
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Studio: Paulist Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.96" Width: 6.12" Height: 0.47" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 1992
Publisher Paulist Press
ISBN 0809133385 ISBN13 9780809133383
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More About Donald Senior
Donald Senior, CP, is President Emeritus, Chancellor, and Professor of New Testament Studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. John J. Collins is Holmes Professor of Old Testament Criticism and Interpretation at Yale University. Mary Ann Getty is Professor emerita of New Testament at St. Vincent College.
Donald Senior has an academic affiliation as follows - Catholic Theological Union.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Jesus: A Gospel Portrait ((New and Revised Edition)?
Easy to read yet insightful Mar 6, 2008
I got this book for a college-level theology course and years later decided to read more than just the few assigned pages. I was surprised that the book both covered material in-depth to provide insight as well as kept the material readable and interesting for a church-going Catholic who's never really studied scripture in any detail.
Fr. Senior keeps each chapter structured by introducing a lens, giving a background on that lens, and showing examples of where that lens is applied in the gospels. Suddenly, some parables took on a greater meaning, or became much more clear and understandable.
The best part of this book is how open Fr. Senior is in recognizing that the gospels are written, and preserved, by humans with all their inherent human weaknesses, biases, and agendas. He tries to use this to explain certain aspects and differences, and always reminds the reader of the focus of the book and Jesus' message.
Great Gospel Introduction! Aug 30, 2006
"Jesus: A Gospel Portrait" is a very successful attempt to draw a portrait of Jesus from the isolated depictions of Him presented in the Gospel. Author Donald Senior, a Paulist Priest and, at the time, president of the Catholic Theological Union of Chicago, presents a portrait that is drawn from Gospel sources and supplemented by orthodox understandings of the world in which Jesus lived. Fr. Senior proceeds with the recognition that the evolution in the understanding of Jesus and His message is an ongoing process guided by the Holy Spirit. Because of this, I prefer it to other studies that seize upon every inconsistency in the Scriptures to suggest that its guiding forces are the opinions of the individual writers with their personal agendas.
This book is organized into seven chapters the first of which introduce the reader to the art of knowing Jesus and to he world in which Jesus lived. Subsequent chapters consider Jesus in relation to His own circle, His teaching, His healing, His Church and the significance of His Death and Victory to His mission.
Written for a general readership, it does not presuppose a high level of understanding of scriptural studies. For one searching for an orthodox, faith based introduction to the Jesus of the Gospels, "Jesus: A Gospel Portrait" is a great place to start.
Good intro to understanding Jesus as shown in Gospels Dec 19, 1999
Fr Donald Senior, a Passionist who has taught for many years at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, has produced an effective, readable introduction to Jesus Christ as shown to us in the Gospels. For those who want to build a view of the Son of God as presented in Christianity's most sacred texts, this book serves as an accessible, inspiring guide.
Yes, Fr Senior makes ample use of his understanding of the best scholarship in looking at scripture. And yes, his straight-forward, interesting style challenges me to continue to grow in my Christian faith. In this I am certain not that the best scholarship and research will support my preconceptions and prejudices about Jesus, but that following Jesus Christ sincerely means following the truth.
By faith we know, after all, that truth leads us ever more deeply into the mystery of God's infinite love -- love shown clearly to us in the life and most especially in the suffering and death of Jesus. Who better than a Passionist such as Donald Senior, who has devoted his life to spreading this message, to encourage us to look at Jesus of the Gospels.
Very Misguided Theology Oct 26, 1999
Fr. Senior tries to persuade any catholic christian reader that its possible that scripture is full of embellishments therefore one needs to rely on todays scripture scholars to peel away the truth from those things which as he puts it "smacks of the art of story telling". Fr. needs to reread the Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation from Vatican II more closely in that the content of his book opposes this important document and is therefore true heresy. This document states "Holy Mother Church has firmly and with absolute constancy held, that the four Gospels just named, whose historical character the Church unhesitantly asserts, faithfully hand on what Jesus Christ, while living among men, really did and taught for their eternal salvation until the day He was taken up into heaven" (Chapter V (19) from the above document). If you really want a gospel portrait of Jesus I would highly recommend Frank Sheed's TO KNOW CHRIST JESUS or Bishop Fulton Sheen's classic LIFE OF CHRIST.