Jesus of Nazareth: What He Wanted, Who He Was
Lohfink engages the perceptions of the first witnesses of his life and ministry and th ...more
What He Wanted, Who He Was
By Gerhard Lohfink
(Greg Cusack, Reviewer)
Ms. Linda Maloney has given us an excellent translation of this important work by the German Catholic theologian, Dr. Gerhard Lohfink. Accordingly, the text – while often beautiful but always theological in tone – is quite accessible for even conversant laypeople. I think persons seriously interested in knowing more about Jesus and his times would benefit from this very readable, and often incredibly ...more
Original reflections on it are below.
I found this because it was continually referenced in James Martin's Jesus: A Pilgrimage which I just reread for a book club discussion.
This book is freaking amazing.
By the time I'd gotten to the second chapter I knew I'd need my own copy so I could mark it up.
It is dense in the way that Pope Benedict or Romano Guardini can be. Ho ...more
Nevertheless, Lohfink is a fine biblical & Christological theologian: and that's an assessment not from me, but from Hans Küng, even in face of Lohfink's betrayal. This is one of the best books ...more
This isn't one you can breeze through. There were moments I had to sit back to take notes, and to consult the Bible to piece it all together. But it's brilliantly presented. In church, we learn of Jesus simply as Messiah—which he is first and foremost—but this study digs into his humanity. I was consistently caught off-guard about the concept of Jesus studying, and didn't quite believe it at first. Why would the Son of God have to study Torah? But he was al ...more
I cannot claim to have read a ton of Jesus-books, but this is definetely a book that does what I would want a Jesus-book to do. Solid engagement with the results of historical research combined with theological, philosophical and political sophistication, that produces a picture of Jesus that is theologically relevant. Lohfinks emphases’ are not original: the jewishness of Jesus and the early church, the centrality of the reign of God to Jesus preaching, and the necassity of a commitment to the ...more
I give this book a 4-star rating because of its first chapter which provides an excellent discussion of what it means to describe something as a "fact." I'd suggest that everyone I know read that chapter although the author's conclusion may be unsatisfying.
As for the rest of the book, I see it as an example ...more
Rev. Father Gerhard Lohfink was professor of New Testament exegesis at the University of Tübingen. Since 1986, he has lived and worked as a theologian for the Catholic Integrated Community. His many books include Does God Need the Church? (Liturgical Press, 1999).