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From Jesus to Christ: The Origins of the New Testament Images of Christ

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Paul Fredriksen explains the variety of New Testament images of Jesus by exploring the ways that the new Christian communities interpreted his mission in light of the delay of the Kingdom he had preached.
Paperback, Second Edition, 288 pages
Published July 11th 2000 by Yale University Press (first published August 24th 1988)
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Ruthiella
I found this book to be very interesting. The author analyzes how the teachings and life of Jesus were interpreted depending upon when the writer (Saint Paul, or the authors of Mathew, Luke, Mark and John) were writing. The first generation of Christians really believed that the kingdom of God was at hand and the apocalypse was near. As time wore on and the world (obviously) did not end, subsequent Christian gospel writers modified their philosophy accordingly.
C.J.
Paula Fredriksen’s title, From Jesus to Christ, might at first glance seem to suggest a systematic Christological study, but this is not the case. Instead Fredriksen provides an unorthodox approach to the history of Christian origins and the various portrayals of the character of Jesus of Nazareth. The book is divided into three parts. The first part, the ‘descriptive cycle,’ looks at the canonical images of Jesus against their Hellenistic background in reverse chronological order; it starts fro ...more
Steven Williams
As an atheist, i am not in agreement with her historical protrayal of Jesus. Fredriksen offered no extra extrabiblical support for his birth or crucifixion which she seems to claim are the only for sure facts we know of Jesus. The only evidence that she provides is Josephus, but admits that it is corrupted.

This being said, I believe Fredriksen presentation of Jesus is a pretty good analysis of whta could have been if the sources are either true or reliable.
Tyler
Everyone knows the story of Jesus. But have you ever wondered how we got from a charismatic Jew who left no writings to the messiah of the Christian world? This book takes you through the various New Testament records and attempts to situate them in the context of their authors' environments. In particular Fredriksen shows how each early Christian writer dealt with three problems: the crucifixion of their messiah, the general non-response of the Jews to their message, and the passage of time wit ...more
Jack Getz
This book's scholarship and objectivity commands respect, even from fundamentalists who will resist much of what she says. It's not a bashing of Christianity, but a thorough explanation of how the Jewish tradition and cultural realities of the age impacted the development of the Christology of this era.

Scholarly writing, yet exciting as some long-held dogma is dispelled with good research in a comprehensive scriptural context. This is a book to study and savor.

Excellent!
David
Well written book with a lot of interesting insights. Generaly good book as a whole, but particularly not so original (mostly depended on Sanders, Vermes, Schurer, Gager, Theissen...). Nevertheless, her reconstructions of the mission in the Diaspora among Gentiles (without requring their conversion) or Jesus' trial are worthy of reading.
Nancy
This book was very interesting, but I wouldn't say it was for the "general reader" unless that reader is very well educated and prepared for scholarly vocabulary like "Parousia" and "irenic."
Carolann
Not only a fascinating & informative read but well written.
Definitely not the Jesus I learned about in my early catechism classes!
Craig J.
From Jesus to Christ: The Origins of the New Testament Images of Christ by Paula Fredriksen (2000)
Barry
An interesting book on the historical Jesus and how our conception of Christ developed over time.
Thom Dunn
Compare with First Edition.
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