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Living Jesus: Learning the Heart of the Gospel

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Who is the real Jesus? How can we experience the mystery, compelxity, and richness of his spirituality and teachings in our lives today? In this gently instructive and inspiring guide, Luke Timothy Johnson leads us to a deeper understanding and practice of classic Christian spirituality and faith. Translating his biblical scholarship into simple, elegant language, he offer ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 5th 2000 by HarperOne (first published December 30th 1998)
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Skylar Burris
Aug 07, 2010 Skylar Burris rated it liked it
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I slugged through this one. It's not bad, but I had already read two other books by Luke Timothy Johnson, and this one seemed to cover a lot of the same ground. I think if I hadn't read the other two already, I probably would have been intrigued and more impressed by this one. I do think his focus on the "living Christ" is important; it seems obvious, but I feel like previously I've overlooked this argument completely in the debates about what is and is not "historical" in the Gospels: if Christ ...more
Aug 09, 2009 J.D. rated it it was ok
While the first quarter to half of this book tends to hammer home(somewhat incessantly) what is to be the subject of the book, the remainder is a jumbled mess that lacks much cohesion. I often found myself wondering how all the different portions of this book fit together. I have heard him speak before and seen him quoted in other books I've read and was very excited upon beginning this book. This will certainly not stop me from pursuing his other works, but it's frustrating leaving a book(espec ...more
Adam Ross
Jan 13, 2016 Adam Ross rated it liked it
This feels like a sequel to Johnson's *The Real Jesus.* There he was primarily interested in the ways that historical study cannot reveal to us the "real Jesus," as the real Jesus is the resurrected Jesus present with us now in the Spirit. This book picks up the theme of the living, present Jesus and works through the texts of the New Testament with that focus. A lot of good stuff here, as Johnson is always worth reading.
Jonathan Sims
Mar 25, 2008 Jonathan Sims rated it it was amazing
I just finished re-reading this book for the third or fourth time. Though it gets technical at some points (Johnson is a world-renown bible scholar, which brings some jargon baggage with the read), it is powerfully insightful and inspiring. How can we experience the mystery, complexity, and richness of Jesus' presence in our lives today? Johnson helpfully answers this question.
Jan 11, 2008 Dmcconkey rated it really liked it
Excellent little survey that evokes much pondering and thinking. Emphasis on ‘Living Jesus” – if you know Him then it must show this truth in living like Jesus – Jesus & Jesus alone is our example and goal. We learn from others mistakes but we learn truth and reality from Jesus.
Mar 08, 2009 Nathan rated it really liked it
Better than Stanton, but less convincing to secular scholars I'm sure. Main pont: don't study Jesus like he's just another old dead guy.
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He is the R. W. Woodruff Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at Candler School of Theology and a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University. Professor Johnson's research interests encompass the Jewish and Greco-Roman contexts of early Christianity (particularly moral discourse), Luke-Acts, the Pastoral Letters, and the Letter of James.

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