Focus on Jesus: Essays in Christology and Soteriology

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Gracewing Publishing, 1996 - Religion - 254 pages
"Who do you say I am?" Jesus asked his disciples. There has never been a shortage of answers to his question, and the debate has never been more intense than it is today. Each generation produces its own versions of Jesus, some more, some less in keeping with the traditions of the Church. In this book, two eminent Jesuit theologians present some of the fruits of their many years of labor on the question of Jesus and his identity, sometimes in confrontaion with other theologians -- notably John Dominic Crossan, John Hick, Hans Kung, and Edward Schillebeeckx, as well as other writers on the wilder shores of speculation. Difficult questions about his incarnation, birth, ministry, crucifixion, resurrection and work of salvation are all debated with scholarship and sensitivity to the mystery of the one who is at the heart of Christian life and thought, Jesus Christ.

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Contents

What they are saying about Jesus
1
Christ today
17
The incarnation under fire
30
Interpreting Christmas
47
Emmanuel
50
Jesus between poetry and philosophy
53
Jesus the communicator
63
The founder of Christianity
67
the case of the resurrection
135
Christs resurrection and ascension
149
On reissuing Venturini
153
Why do we need to be saved and who saves us? a
176
2 Corinthians 12910
185
St Paul and the language of reconciliation
196
On not neglecting hatred
204
Questions about Christ
210

Our peace and reconciliation
84
Joseph of Arimathea exist?
95
some current questions
102
The uniqueness of the Easter appearances
111
St Ignatius Loyola on Christs resurrection
128

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