"From the Publisher:" Jesus Christ The Message of the Gospels, The Hope of the Church In response to recent books that claim to reveal "the real Jesus," Burton Throckmorton here offers a thoughtful, reasoned analysis of the life and significance of Jesus Christ-one that adheres to a faith-affirming pathway between espousers of an uncritical literalism and those who claim to derive "new" insight through historical, literary interpretations. Eschewing both fundamentalist rigidity and humanist revisionism, Throckmorton discusses the traditional identity and nature of Jesus as portrayed in the Gospels. While keeping a close eye on historical detail, he explores and explicates the profound and lyrically spiritual implications of the life and meaning of Christ.
In response to recent books that claim to reveal "the real Jesus," Burton Throckmorton Jr. discusses the significance of Jesus Christ. He offers an understanding of the identity of Jesus as portrayed in the Gospels and constructs an account of recent trends in New Testament studies.
Burton H. Throckmorton Jr. is Hayes Professor Emeritus of New Testament Language and Literature at Bangor Theological Seminary in Bangor, Maine. He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and in the United Church of Christ. Throckmorton is a member of the Inclusive Language Lectionary Committee and is the author of numerous articles in the field of New Testament studies.
In response to the many recent claims to reveal the "real Jesus," Burton H.
Throckmorton, professor emeritus of New Testament at Bangor Theological
Seminary (Maine), discusses the significance of the witness to Jesus Christ
found in the Synoptic Gospels. The first three chapters explore the multiple
testimonies about the identity of the historical Jesus. Here, Throckmorton uses
historical and literary criticism to examine the sources of the Gospel stories,
contending that the half century that elapsed between the death of Jesus and
the first collected stories about his life is crucial to a clear understanding
of the difference between the historical Jesus and the church's creation of the
legend of Jesus. The heart of the book centers on one aspect of the teaching
and preaching of Jesus: the dominion of God. Throckmorton asserts that Jesus
himself was the earthly manifestation of God's dominion and that his followers
had to observe Jesus' actions closely and to hear his teachings clearly in
order to understand the new preaching of God's new kingdom. Far from John
Dominic Crossan's recent portrayal of Jesus as a Mediterranean Jewish cynic or
John P. Meier's portrait of Jesus as a "marginal Jew," Throckmorton paints his
traditionalist portrait of Jesus as apocalyptic prophet in broad strokes, but
it is just one more modern rendering that will have difficulty finding a place
in an already overcrowded gallery. (July)