Ernst Kdsemann perhaps the most influential pure biblical scholar to come out of Germany since 1900, and celebrated initiator of the twentieth-century's "new quest of the historical Jesus" in On Being a Disciple of the Crucified Nazarene: discusses more theological issues such as discipleship, faith, and the worldwide lordship of Christ.
These discussions are carried out in twenty-eight previously untranslated lectures and sermons delivered between 1975 and 1996. In doing so On Being a Disciple of the Crucified Nazarene: shows a side of Kdsemann not so clearly seen in his more famous theological & biblical works.
Kdsemann carefully analyzes specific Bible passages and New Testament themes, using them to speak to the realities of the modern world, in which the majority of people live in a hell effectively created and sustained by the unjust greed of the white race. He is personal, provocative, and even combative throughout. A fascinating "Theological Review," written by Kdsemann at age 90, is reprinted in the front matter.
Those who read or studied under Kdsemann and learned to know (perhaps even distrust) him as a radical critic will discover here--to their surprise--a theologian out of sorts with the rigidity of orthodoxy and the narcissism of pietism but nonetheless radically and passionately committed to discipleship of the crucified Jesus of Nazareth.
In this book Ernst Käsemann celebrated initiator of the twentieth-century New Quest of the Historical Jesus examines the problem of the relation between discipleship and faith. / Käsemann first tackles specific passages in the Synoptic Gospels dealing with the summons to discipleship. He makes clear the relevance of the biblical message to human existence even today. In the second half he explores how themes relating to specific contemporary problems fulfill that message. / Here is a theologian who is radically and passionately committed to discipleship of the crucified Jesus of Nazareth and who is not afraid to share that commitment.
Ernst Käsemann (19061998) taught New Testament at the University of Mainz, the University of Göttingen, and the University of Tübingen. He is the author of many books on the New Testament and in 1985 was awarded the Sexauer Gemeinde Prize for Theology.
Roy A. Harrisville is professor emeritus of New Testament at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota. He is also coauthor of The Bible in Modern Culture: Baruch Spinoza to Brevard Childs (Eerdmans).