Item description for Jesus and Community by Gerhard Lohfink, G. Lohfink & John P. Galvin...
Overview This book seeks to reflect the author's interest in Jesus' public aims with regard to Israel and the basic intentions which he had for his community of followers. Unless otherwise noted, biblical quotations are from the Revised Standard Version.
Publishers Description The author calls the present-day church to once again be the "contrast society," which attracts non-believers by living what it preaches and by being different without being narrowly sectarian.
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Christianity Today - 03/01/2010 page 60
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Studio: Augsburg Fortress Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.47" Width: 5.57" Height: 0.74" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 1984
Publisher AUGSBURG FORTRESS PUB. #99
ISBN 0800618025 ISBN13 9780800618025
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More About Gerhard Lohfink, G. Lohfink & John P. Galvin
Gerhard Lohfink was professor of New Testament exegesis at the University of T ubingen. Since 1986, he has lived and worked as a theologian for the Catholic Integrated Community. His many books include "Does God Need the Church?" (Liturgical Press, 1999).
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SEEING IT LIKE IT IS Jul 30, 2007
In his centering on Jesus and Israel in the manner in which the work takes, were it not for the writer's Roman Catholic context and reflective biblical theology it could read as a polemic against the influences in dispensationalism or a call for the reformers to have gone further than "institutional focused Reformation." While I can hear that response to the argument, my "ecclesial worldview does not evoke it. The reading/interpretation of the manner in which textual material is applied to Israel as the context of Jesus, especially in the way He introduced/demonstrated the goodnews to them as "first audience and community" - the Kingdom speaks to them before it speaks through them. Another impact is the thesis' support of present expressions of charismatic relating to the Spirit's eschatological activity to call attention to the nature of Jesus' healing ministry is part of the call of the goodnews to the community cf meeting the need of an individual. I find few contrast questions, more praxis questions, Ie. "How do you/I/we relate the central argument to enabling the emergence of mission community amongst individuated younger 21st century adults, in a manner that is not yet another deconstruction?" The work should be a must read for all serious "lovers of Christ's Body"
A case for community in an individualistic world Dec 23, 2006
This is not a new book. Written in 1982, with the English translation published in 1984, this 24-year old book speaks powerfully to the role of the people of God throughout history. Lohfink, former professor of New Testament at Tubingen University, makes a compelling case for "the people of God" as those communities called by God to live out the reign of God here and now.
Lohfink argues that "the people of God" -- whether in the Hebrew scripture or New Testament or today -- have always been a "contrast-society" distinguished by, not just their belief, but by their practices. This book takes scripture seriously, and brings new life to our understanding of the role of the church. Lohfink argues, "When the church is criticized among the nations because of its bad example, the holy name of God itself is dishonored. This presupposes that the church is the sign, the presence, the honor of God in the world. When the church obscures this sign, it impedes the work of salvation and disfigures the true nature of God."
Powerful stuff and needed today.
Brilliant Biblical Scholarship Jan 24, 2005
This is one of those books that does all the hard exegetical work on which numerous later works depend (another being John Howard Yoder's The Politics of Jesus). In this excellent study of the New Testament's perspective on the social dimension of Christian faith, Gerhard Lohfink shows brilliantly how Jesus' proclamation was directed toward the formation of a distinct, visible society. Jesus' teachings, Lhofink shows were not simply pietistic plaitudes desigined to stimulate the consciences of individuals. Rather, Jesus' (and the Apostles') aim was the creation of a concrete, counter-cultural community that embodied a contrast-society in the midst of the world.
Lohfink does a great job of surveying the teachings in the gospels, the epistles and early church history to show how this radically ecclesial form of life was at the center of Jesus' teaching and the praxis of the earlist churches. He does all of this particularly through an examination of the nature of Jesus' ministry in Israel and how his shaping of the church pertained to Israel's eschatological hope of messianic regathering.
There are a number of particularly helpful sections in this book. Some of the most notable include Lohfink's discussion of the Praxis of Togetherness, Nonviolence and the renunciation of Domination.
As I mentioned above, this is one of those books that really does all the legwork to support its argument. The result is a powerful piece of biblical study which, in my opinion shows quite well how the vision of Jesus centered on the creation of the church as a distinct, alternative society that stands over against and for the world as God's witness to the presence of the Kingdom brought about in Christ. I highly recommend this book.