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From Jesus to Christ : The Origins of the New Testament Images of Christ, Second Edition - Paula Fredriksen

From Jesus to Christ

The Origins of the New Testament Images of Christ, Second Edition

Paperback Published: 11th July 2000
ISBN: 9780300084573
Number Of Pages: 288

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In this exciting book, Paula Fredriksen explains the variety of New Testament images of Jesus by exploring the ways that the new Christian communities interpreted his mission and message in light of the delay of the Kingdom he had preached. A new introduction reviews the most recent scholarship on Jesus and its implications for both history, and theology.

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"Fredriksen has achieved a magisterial sketch of the evolution of the images of Jesus with astonishing neatness and simplicity. . . . A learned, brilliant and enjoyable study of the genesis of the New Testament images of Jesus."--G�za Verm�s, Times Literary Supplement

"Fredriksen takes on a formidable task--explaining how the Jesus of history became the Christ of the Bible--and succeeds admirably. . . . Despite the complexities of her arguments, Fredriksen writes in a well-organized, thoughtful manner. Those interested in the early Christian movement will find this study illuminating."--Booklist "Fredriksen confronts her documents--principally the writings of the new Testament--as an archaeologist would an especially rich complex site. With great care she distinguishes the literary images from historical fact. As she does so, she explains the images of Jesus in terms of the strategies and purposes of the writers Paul, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John."--Thomas D'Evelyn, Christian Science Monitor

"I can tell you what I liked about it: its sense of scholarship and a becoming intellectual modesty; its strong sensitivity to the Jewish matrix out of which Jesus emerged; and the care with which she made this work accessible to the general reader. She not only writes well but supplies us with bibliographies, suggested readings, indices of both the scriptures and of ancient sources in addition to a thorough general index of names and subjects. It is always a pleasure to open a book which keeps the reader's needs so firmly in mind."--Lawrence S. Cunningham, Commonweal

"The key to her success in this endeavor is a careful study of the origins of the New Testament images of Jesus. The methodology is straightforward: to place the various canonical images of Jesus within their historical context, which is the religious world of first- and second-century Mediterranean civilization."--Choice

"An extraordinary range of difficult problems of New Testament interpretation are tackled, weighed judiciously, and deftly integrated into an argument that is clear, urbane, and interesting. . . . Few topics are more intractable than the historical Jesus and New Testament christology. To marry them in one delightfully provocative work requires a learned scholar and gifted teacher. Paula Fredriksen is both, and this is such a book."--C. Clifton Black II, Theology Today "What makes [this book] especially compelling is that it shows how early Christians took history and God's intervention in it seriously. According to Fredriksen, the variety of New Testament images of Jesus attests to that fact as they recount the meeting of faith and history in the first two centuries of the common era. Her reconstruction of the process by which Christianity moved from Jesus to Christ is exciting and plausible."--Alan C. Mitchell, Theological Studies

"Here is an interesting perspective on Jesus in the new testament. . . . This is a serious look at Jesus using a different perspective, making for challenging and rewarding study."--Kevin Barron, SSC Booknews

"With regard to the sources, the period, the historical Jesus and the origins of Christology she has sound overall views, and when she gives closer analysis she is usually dead on target. . . . This is an excellent book. But she also writes concisely, gracefully and trenchantly. This means that the book should be read by one and all. It is one of the best possible books to recommend to undergraduates, but advanced students and established scholars can learn from it well. . . . The book is a splendid achievement."--E. P. Sanders, Journal of Jewish Studies

"Fredriksen offers the scholar and the layperson alike a documentary album with various images of Jesus. . . . Of special interest is her approach to the New Testament documents or her arrangement of the emerging images. . . . Fredriksen casts some fascinating light on the images of Jesus as seen through the eyes of Paul and the Evangelists. However, what is really illuminating is the way she reconstructs these images in light of the historical realities of the time. She retraces these images with great patience and thoroughness and provides the background out of which they grew and against which they were held. . . . Readers of this book . . . will come to recognize a distinguished author who has much to add to their understanding of Jesus."--Abraham Terian, Interpretations: A Journal of Bible and Theology

"Fredriksen's book serves the general reader as an introduction to basic issues in the general reader as an introduction to basic issues in the large and ever-growing field of Christology, and that is its main purpose. But in her book Fredriksen probes issues with skill and insight, giving a new twist here and there, from which specialists also can profit."--Arland J. Hultgren, American Historical Review

"The book is extremely thought-provoking."--Michael Dimaio, Jr., Classical World

"This book addresses the question of how the individual who was Jesus and born in Nazareth, became the various versions of Christ in the Christian tradition. It is well written, aimed at the non-specialist and describes the Hellenistic world within which the Christ image was developed, the constructions put on it by the gospels, the force of the break with Judaism and the influence of the Churches. This is done in a scholarly and readable way."--David Jones, Self and Society

"Brilliant and lucidly written."--Reginald H. Fuller, Journal of the American Academy of Religion

"Interesting and valuable. . . . This is a first-rate work of a first-rate historian, both unfortunately rare in studies of the historical Jesus or images thereof."--James D. Tabor, Journal of Religion

"This extraordinarily well-written and exciting book is a reconception of the causes and motivations operative in the early Christian movement, a new rationale of the sequence of probable events. It will be fascinating for all kinds of readers."--Wayne Meeks

Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. ix
Introduction to the Second Editionp. xiii
The World of the New Testamentp. 1
The Nature of the Documentsp. 3
The Legacy of Alexanderp. 9
Hellenistic Paganism
Hellenistic Judaism
Images of Jesus in the Gospels and Paulp. 18
John: The Stranger from Heaven
Luke/Acts: The Messiah of the Gentiles
Matthew: The Christ of the Scriptures
Mark: The Secret Messiah
Paul: The Christ of the Parousia
Hellenism and Christianityp. 62
The World of Judaism, 65
The Idea of Israelp. 70
The Biblical View of the Past
The Expectation of Redemption: Restoration Theology
Palestinian Judaism in the Time of Jesus
Toward a Historical Image of Jesusp. 94
The First Reading
The Second Reading
Jesus of Nazarethp. 127
The Christs of the Churchesp. 131
Responses to the Resurrectionp. 133
The Kerygma of the Early Mission
Jewish Persecutions of the Early Mission
The Apostle to the Gentiles
Between the Resurrection and the Parousiap. 177
Mark: The End of the Age and the Birth of the Past
The Later Synoptic Gospels: Establishing the Present
John: The Eternal Word
Jesus of Nazareth in Christian Traditionp. 205
List of Abbreviationsp. 217
Glossaryp. 220
Suggested Readingp. 224
Bibliographyp. 229
Index of Passagesp. 239
Name Indexp. 249
Subject Indexp. 252
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ISBN: 9780300084573
ISBN-10: 0300084579
Series: Yale Nota Bene
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 11th July 2000
Publisher: Yale University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.7  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised