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The Self-giving God and Salvation History : The Trinitarian Theology of Johannes Von Hofmann - Matthew L. Becker

The Self-giving God and Salvation History

The Trinitarian Theology of Johannes Von Hofmann

Paperback Published: 1st November 2004
ISBN: 9780567027207
Number Of Pages: 304

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Hofmann (1810-1877) was one of the most significant theologians of the nineteenth century and perhaps the century's most influential Lutheran theologian. Becker introduces us to Hofmann's trinitarian view of God. According to Hoffman, God freely chose to give God's self out of divine love. Becker's book centers on Hofmann's understanding of history. In Hoffmann's trinitarian kenosis the eternal God has become historical by self-emptying God's self into Jesus. For Hofmann, world history can only be understood within the historical self-giving of the triune God who is love. Thus, for Hoffmann all of history is salvation-history, a kind of history that embraces and fulfills God's purposes in the world.

"Heilsgeschichte is the one German word every student of theology learns. Here Matthew Becker introduces us to the father of the "history of salvation" way of thinking that Oscar Cullmann popularized in Christ and Time. An added bonus is Becker's surprising thesis that, contrary to common opinion, trinitarian theology was alive and well in the nineteenth century, prior to its alleged rebirth in the dogmatics of Karl Barth." -The Rev. Dr. Carl E. Braaten, Executive Director, Center for Catholic and Evangelical Theology--Sanford Lakoff
'a very fine piece of historical theology.' - Theodore Vial, Biblica--Sanford Lakoff

Forewordp. xiii
Prefacep. xvii
Acknowledgmentsp. xxiii
Abbreviationsp. xxvii
Situating Johannes Von Hofmann
Hofmann's Life and Workp. 3
Basic Interpretations of Hofmann's Theologyp. 16
Theological Methodp. 18
Heilsgeschichtep. 22
Christologyp. 25
Hofmann's Theological Method
The Object of Theologyp. 31
The Problem of Theological Method in the Modern Worldp. 31
The Object of Theologyp. 34
The Epistemology of Theologyp. 42
The Method of Theologyp. 50
Theological Hermeneuticsp. 59
Scripture as Witness to the Christian Tatbestandp. 59
The Lutheran Confessions as Witness to the Christian Tatbestandp. 84
Excursus: Hofmann and German Idealismp. 89
Ranke and Hofmannp. 91
Hegel and Hofmannp. 102
Schelling and Hofmannp. 110
Concluding Appraisalp. 118
Evaluation and Criticism of Hofmann's Methodp. 120
Positive Features of Hofmann's Theological Methodp. 120
Negative Features of Hofmann's Theological Methodp. 127
Hofmann's Doctrine of God
Trinitarian Historicality: The Self-Determining Godp. 135
The Renewal of Trinitarian Theologyp. 136
Hofmann's Way to Knowledge of Godp. 141
The Eternal Trinity Is the Historical Trinityp. 146
Trinitarian Historicality and the World of Becomingp. 159
The Beginning of Creation and the Beginning of Historyp. 159
The Coming-into-Being of the Human Beingp. 162
Evil and Sinp. 164
The Unity of History in the New Human Being: Christ as Beginning, Center, and End of Historyp. 168
God's Eternal Will of Love and God's Historical Wrathp. 169
A New Way to Teach Old Truth: Trinitarian Kenosisp. 173
The Theological Context for Hofmann's Trinitarian Kenosisp. 173
The Self-giving God: Trinitarian Kenosis and Atonementp. 179
The Atonement Controversyp. 194
The Future of Humanity: The Church in the Worldp. 204
The Mediation of Faith, Hope, and Lovep. 205
The Goal of Word and Sacraments: Christian Faith and Rebirthp. 210
Christian Hopep. 212
Christian Obedience and Lovep. 215
The Future of God: Heilsgeschichte and Weltgeschichtep. 220
Kirchengeschichte and Heilsgeschichtep. 220
Heilsgeschichte and Weltgeschichtep. 223
The Eschatological Orientation of Weltgeschichtep. 228
Evaluation and Criticism of Hofmann's Doctrine of Godp. 233
Trinitarian Historicalityp. 233
Kenosis and Atonementp. 240
History and Eschatologyp. 244
Selected Bibliographyp. 259
Indexp. 277
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ISBN: 9780567027207
ISBN-10: 0567027201
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st November 2004
Publisher: BLOOMSBURY
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.96 x 15.24  x 1.96
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1