The Christology of the New Testament

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Westminster John Knox Press, Jan 1, 1959 - Religion - 342 pages

This book is invigorating to read, for it is how biblical theology should be written. Professor Cullmann has set a high standard of biblical scholarship in this book, and it will be a great resource for students of sacred Scripture.

 

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Contents

The Method to be Followed
6
JESUS THE PROPHET
13
JESUS THE SUFFERING SERVANT OF GOD
51
JESUS THE HIGH PRIEST
83
JESUS THE SON OF MAN
137
Part III
193
JESUS THE SAVIOUR
238
THE CHWSTOLOGICAL TITLES WHICH REFER TO THE PREBXISTENCB
247
JESUS THE SON OF GOD
270
THE DESIGNATION OF JESUS AS GOD
306
PERSPECTIVES OF NEW TESTAMENT
315
Epilogue
329
Index of Authors
335
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Oscar Cullmann, a prominent Lutheran theologian and New Testament scholar, was born in Strasbourg, France, and held membership in the Lutheran church of Alsace. He earned three academic degrees at the University of Strasbourg, including a doctorate in theology in 1930. He pursued further studies at the Sorbonne, University of Paris. Cullmann taught at the Universities of Strasbourg (1927-38) and Basel, Switzerland (1938-72), and also offered courses at the Sorbonne (1951-72). Quite active in Protestant-Roman Catholic dialogue, he was cofounder of the Ecumenical Institute at Jerusalem. For more than a generation, Cullmann took the lead in advocating a salvation-historical interpretation of the New Testament. Cullmann insisted that biblical texts be studied inductively. Thus, he argued that those postbiblical suppositions favored by nineteenth-century historicism and twentieth-century existentialism must be consciously set aside if the New Testament authors are to be heard on their own terms. In Cullmann's view, Heilsgeschichte (i.e., the story of God's self-revelation and saving action) is the unifying thematic center of the entire Bible. The midpoint and consummation of salvation history is discernible in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. This "Christ event" establishes meaning for all that comes before (the period of Israel) and all that follows (the period of the church). The coming "eschaton", says Cullmann, is the fulfillment of the decisive eschatological event in the death and resurrection of Christ. Cullmann's views are best known from his influential volume, Christ and Time (1950). Some scholars question Cullmann's identification of the Christ event as history's midpoint, because many early Christians understood Christ to be the end of history. Since the New Testament perceives the end in different ways, it appears that Cullmann has favored the way that is most congenial to his own theology.

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