Monday, April 07, 2008

My "Jesus books"

The following are books I have that in one way or another focus on the person and work Jesus Christ:

Jurgen Moltmann's The Way of Jesus Christ: Christology in Messianic Dimensions (Augsburg Fortress Publishers; 1st Fortress Press ed edition, 1993).

Donald G. Bloesch's Jesus Christ: Savior and Lord (Christian Foundations Series) (IVP: 1997).

Richard Bauckham's Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony, (Eerdmans, 2006). This is more about the Gospels, but still about Jesus.

John Stott's The Cross of Christ (IVP, 1986).

__________. The Incomparable Christ, (IVP, 2004).

Luke Timothy Johnson's The Real Jesus: The Misguided Quest for the Historical Jesus and the Truth of the Traditional Gospels, (HarperOne, 1997).

______________________. Living Jesus: Learning the Heart of the Gospel, (HarperOne, 2000).

Michael Green's Who is this Jesus? (Oliver Nelson, 1992). (I have an older edition).

Philip Yancey's The Jesus I Never Knew (Zondervan, 1995).

So, as you can see, my list is not extensive and rather conservative (with the exception of Moltmann).

Correction: Johnson isn't really a conservative or too overly liberal - but sure does slam the Jesus Seminar and hits a home run with Living Jesus!



At 3:08 PM, Blogger mike said...

I don't think we can count Johnson as conversative...

At 4:36 PM, Blogger Brian said...

yeah, he's sort of in between isn't he?

At 1:03 PM, Blogger Celucien L. Joseph said...

What do we mean by "conservatism" and "liberalism"?

Seriously, I hope to hear from you two gentlemen.

At 10:03 PM, Blogger Brian said...

Lou, "conservative" would be sticking with more traditional interpretations of the life of Christ with an emphasis on the virgin birth, the resurrection, miracles, etc as literal events and a more "liberal" focus would focus less on the literal nature of these events and focus more on the implications of them.

For example, Moltmann doesn't even talk about the literal fact of the resurrection and virgin birth (and does not spend any time trying to prove it, for him it is probably assumed). Instead, he zeros in on what the resurrection means for us eschatologically and theologically.

This makes conservatives nervous because they choose instead to spend more time proving the literalness of the virgin birth and the resurrection instead of their meanings - at least that is how I see it.

Does this help?

At 10:33 PM, Blogger Celucien L. Joseph said...


Thanks for the clarification.

At 12:13 AM, Blogger Doug Groothuis said...

I highly recommend Millard Erickson, The Word Became Flesh (Baker, 1992). It is excellent theologically, biblically, and philosophy (much good material on the logic of the Incarnation)

You might also look at my slim volume, On Jesus (Wadsworth), which approaches the teachings of Jesus philosophically. It is the only book to do so, to my knowledge.


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