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The Human Being: Jesus and the Enigma of the Son of the Man

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A thorny historical issue handled with artistry and imaginationThe epithet "the son of the man" (or "the Human Being") in the Gospels has been a highly debated topic. Wink uses this phrase to explore not only early Christology but the anthropology articulated in the Gospels. Jesus apparently avoided designations such as Messiah, Son of God, or God, though these titles were ...more
Paperback, 376 pages
Published November 1st 2001 by Augsburg Fortress Publishing
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Brian White
Mar 19, 2016 Brian White rated it really liked it
I read this book in preparation for leading a discussion of Wink's book, "The Powers That Be." There were parts of this book that were very helpful to me in making better sense of post-modern theological thinking, especially his thoughts about imagination in shaping theology. The writing is not concise but he does give the reader a lot to ponder. While this will probably not be one of my go to theological works I did think it had a lot to recommend.
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Subtitled "Jesus and the Enigma of the Son of the Man" (which literally translates the familiar Greek epithet's unusual phrasing), in a wide range of books from those wrestling with the record of the Gospels, this book continues to stand out after several years. Guaranteed to provoke productive thought, and most highly recommended.
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Dr. Walter Wink is Professor Emeritus of Biblical Interpretation at Auburn Theological Seminary in New York City. Previously, he was a parish minister and taught at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. In 1989-1990 he was a Peace Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace.

His newer works include:

The Human Being: Jesus and the Enigma of the Son of the Man
(Fortress Press, 2001.)

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