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Who Is Jesus?: An Introduction to Christology (Michael Glazier Books) [Paperback]

By Thomas P. Rausch (Author)
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Who is Jesus? This is the fundmental question for christology. The earliest Christians used various titles, most of them drawn from the Old Testament or Hebrew Scriptures, to express their faith in Jesus. They called him prophet, teacher, Messiah, Son of David, Son of Man, Lord, Son of God, Word of God, and occasionally even God. In Who Is Jesus? Thomas Rausch focuses on the New Testament's rich variety of christologies. Who Is Jesus? covers the three quests for the historical Jesus; the methods for retrieving the historical Jesus; the Jewish background; the Jesus movement; his preaching and ministry, death and resurrection; the various New Testament christologies; and the development of christological doctrine from the New Testament period to the Council of Chalcedon. Clear and accessible, comprehensive and coherent, a perfect volume for anyone, both new students and knowledgable seminary professors looking for a wonderful summary.

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Who is Jesus? This is the fundamental question for christology. The earliest Christians used various titles, most of them drawn from the Old Testament or Hebrew Scriptures, to express their faith in Jesus. They called him prophet, teacher, Messiah, Son of David, Son of Man, Lord, Son of God, Word of God, and occasionally even God. In "Who Is Jesus?" Thomas Rausch, S.J., focuses on the New Testament's rich variety of christologies.

"Who Is Jesus?" covers the three quests for the historical Jesus, the methods for retrieving the historical Jesus, the Jewish background, the Jesus movement, his preaching and ministry, death and resurrection, the various New Testament christologies, and the development of christological doctrine from the New Testament period to the Council of Chalcedon.

Chapters are The Three Quests for the Historical Jesus," *Methodological Considerations, - *The Jewish Background, - *Jesus and His Movement, - *The Preaching and Ministry of Jesus, - *The Death of Jesus, - *God Raised Him from the Dead, - *New Testament Christologies, - *From the New Testament to Chalcedon, - *Sin and Salvation, - and *A Contemporary Approach to Soteriology. -

"Thomas P. Rausch, SJ, PhD, is the T. Marie Chilton Professor of Catholic Theology at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. A specialist in ecclesiology, ecumenism, and the theology of the priesthood, he has published eight books including the award-winning "Catholicism at the Dawn of the Third Millennium, The College Student's Introduction to Theology," and"Reconciling Faith and Reason: Apologists, Evangelists, and Theologians in a Divided Church," published by Liturgical Press.""

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Who Is Jesus?: An Introduction to Christology (Michael Glazier Books) by Thomas P. Rausch has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Library Journal - 06/01/2003 page 129
  • Choice - 09/01/2004 page 122


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Studio: Michael Glazier Books
Pages   217
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.1" Width: 6.06" Height: 0.56"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2003
Publisher   Liturgical Press
Edition  New  
ISBN  0814650783  
ISBN13  9780814650783  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Thomas P. Rausch, SJ, is the T. Marie Chilton Professor of Catholic Theology at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles He is author of numerous books, including "Being Catholic in a Culture of Choice" (2006), "I Believe in God: A Reflection on the Apostles' Creed" (2008), and "Educating for Faith and Justice: Catholic Higher Education Today" (2010), all published by Liturgical Press.

Thomas P. Rausch currently resides in the state of California.

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On short list for best introductory Christology texts  May 26, 2008
I've read a half-dozen or so books that attempt what Fr. Rausch attempts in this book, a solid introduction to scholarship in Christology for graduate students and even the "well-read undergraduate." This one is a major success. It's judicious and fair-minded and avoids the excesses of some of the recent "historical Jesus" books. It's well-organized. Perhaps the greatest success here, though, is Rausch's writing, which is clear and avoids jargon, taking care to explain the jargon which is unavoidable. A very fine text.
 
Required Course Reading  Jul 13, 2006
I purchased this book for an online course I was required to take for my teaching job. The book was very helpful in following and completing the assignments. this site provided the lowest cost and very quick delivery service. That was extremely important to me so I would not fall behind in the work.
 
decent reading  Mar 23, 2006
Jesus research and study is tricky business. There are those who are far left and those who are far right. Some are dogmatic and some are lacking clear conclusions. This particular work seems to linger somewhere in the middle. It's basically a decent introduction, although it has certain biases in relation to a few areas of Jesus/new testament studies. This work does have some slight Roman Catholic tendencies here and there, though this need not be taken as an insurmountable obstacle. Read with a few grains of salt, so to speak, and read in conjunction with a few other works, this book has some good insights and some good reminders of what others have already made known. Peter Walker's little work on Jesus, Jesus in His World, by Inter-varsity press, is terrific as well as Craig Blomberg's Jesus and the Gospels. Also, make sure you don't overlook N.T. Wright's little work, The Original Jesus. These are some of the best, soemwhat concise and recent, works on Jesus that are around as far as I'm aware. These works mentioned are a bit better than the one by Rausch, but his work is worth the read nonetheless.
 
Thomas Rausch has delivered an excellent introduction on Jesus Christ  Sep 20, 2005
A renaissance is occurring in Jesus studies. In 2004 almost six hundred books came out on Jesus Christ, and over seventy dealt with Christology (the theological study of the person and deeds of Jesus). People want to know more. There are questions to answer: Was Jesus God incarnate, or was he an eschatological prophet who proclaimed the imminent end of the world (A. Schweitzer), or was he a prophet of social change (G. Theissen), or was he peasant Jewish cynic philosopher (J. D. Crossan)? People want to know.

Thomas Rausch, professor of Catholic Theology at Loyola Marymount University, draws on his background in theology and church history. His writing, though learned, is engaging, interesting and informed. Much of Christianity today presents Jesus as God incarnate, thus sacrificing his humanity in order to deify him. Rausch writes against this... pressing the point, that to understand Jesus is to start with his Jewish/Palestinian heritage and to follow it through Chalcedon (451 AD) and contemporary theology.

For Thomas Rausch one needs not to start not with a Christology "from above", such as the orthodox statement of faith, the `Apostle's Creed'... i.e.: "I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord..." Rather one should start with a Christology "from below"; start with history, and critically consider the words and works of the Jesus. He believes that when one learns of the historical Jesus, that is sufficient to reveal Jesus's message, and that message is in itself conductive to faith.

Rausch breaks no new ground, but rather, in a very logical manner puts together the pieces that will helps the reader to understand the Jesus of history and their faith.. Reason alone does not establish faith, but, the act of faith should in itself be reasonable. Highly recommended.
 
Too Interlectual  Aug 18, 2005
This book was a bit hard to follow. Some of the writings were directed to Biblical Scholars and not to the everyday lay person. But all in all, it will expose me to other ideas and opinions of who Jesus was.

Laureen Howard
 

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