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Jesus--God and Man
This highly acclaimed work demonstrates Wolfhart Pannenberg's belief that at the heart of every Christian theology lies its teaching about Jesus Christ. The second edition, available for the first time in paperback, contains an Afterword in which the author reviews other theologians' responses to his thesis and methodology and shows the progression of his own ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 428 pages
Published May 1st 1977 by Westminster John Knox Press
(first published 1964)
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Pannenberg's work is a "theology from below", examining the person of Jesus beginning with his identity as the man from Nazareth. For Pannenberg, everything hinges on the resurrection. He basically ends up with orthodox Christology, but he cautions against speaking of Jesus during his ministry in terms that most of us are comfortable using. Instead, in light of the resurrection we say things about Jesus in retrospect. This is a dense book as he often summarizes the early church, medieval ...more
Pannenberg has written a masterful Christology 'from below' in 'Jesus: God and Man'. As someone just beginning my journey into serious theological reading I found his German academic style of writing a bit dense at times, but overall it was well worth the effort. I'd highly recommend this book for anyone looking to get a feel for modern theology in general and Christology specifically.
Oct 14, 2015 Eric rated it it was ok · review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bible study teachers
Pannenberg struggles mightily to arrive at mostly orthodox positions on the reality of Jesus, his resurrection, his deity, and the Trinity. He has done so by accepting as given the more severe criticisms of both the OT and NT in terms of historical reliability. Nonetheless, the book is valuable in elucidating issues about the relationship of the mission of Jesus to his deity through the resurrection. The discussion of Chalcedon is particularly valuable since it explores in great depth the ...more
I am following the knowledge of Jesus' divinity to Jesus the man before God in this strictly reasoned and documented work. This path of the divinity of Christ and the man Jesus leads to the conclusion that the resurrection of Jesus has only metaphorical and symbolic meaning until the reality of the eschaton of the return of Jesus. In the meantime, my path is to love everybody.
Wolfhart Pannenberg, born in Stettin, Germany (now Szczecin, Poland), was a German Christian theologian. His emphasis on history as revelation, centred on the Resurrection of Christ, has proved important in stimulating debate in both Protestant and Catholic theology, as well as with non-Christian thinkers.More about Wolfhart Pannenberg...