This Bampton Lecture series of 1958 provides an illuminating exposition on the Ascension, which as J.G. Davies asserts, has been a greatly neglected article of the creed. J.G. Davies thoroughly examines the Biblical material before following the history of the doctrine and its development from the period of the ante-Nicean Church, through the Carolingian Renaissance to the reforming monastic movements of the eleventh and twelfth centuries. The author also gives a systematic commentary on the Ascension doctrine as it may reasonably be held and taught today. This is a key theological work in the doctrine of the Ascension that deals with the origin and significance of the Apostles Creed.
Reverend John Gordon Davies was educated at King's School (Chester), Christ Church (Oxford) and Westcott House (Cambridge). He worked in the dockland parish of Rotherhithe and as Professor in Theology at the University of Birmingham. He was also Director of the Institute for the Study of Worship and Religious Architecture in the University.
Editor's Preface; Book One; The Foolishness in the Picture of Jesus: Its Value in the Scientific Defence of Christianity; Introduction: The Development of the Theme; Part I - Direct Proof of the Offence in the Life-Story of Jesus; The Stumbling-Block Characteristics in the Messiah; The Foolish Son of Man; The Opposition within His Own Circle; Jesus in Contradiction to Our Ideas; Part II - The Stumbling-Block Characteristics in Jesus: The Various Reactions; In the Reactions of History; In the Reactions of Greece and the Orient: Jesus according to the Apocryphal Gospels; In the Reaction of Germanism; Jesus on Roman Territory or the Papacy; Part III - The Results of the Offence Apparent in the Picture; The Faithfulness of the Account Given; The Necessity for the Miracles; The Supra-Worldliness of Jesus' Person; Conclusion: The Result an Appeal to the Will; Book Two; The Beauty of the Picture: The Glory of Jesus Exhibited Anew to Scorners and Admirers; Preface to the First Edition; Prefaces to the Second and Third Editions; Introduction: The Development of the Theme; Part I - In the Outer Court the Natural Endowments of Jesus; Jesus' Physical Equipment; Jesus' Gifts of Soul; Natural Mental Gifts of Jesus; Part II - In the Holy Palace the Religious and Moral Personality of Jesus; Jesus and God; His Knowledge of God His Joy and Trust in God; His Prayer Life; Jesus and the Scriptures; Jesus and the Legal (Religious) Ordinances of His Race; His Obedience; Jesus and Mankind; The Candour of Jesus Love the Bong of Perfectness; His Humility and Patience; His Attitude towards Children Women the Common People and the Rich; The Earnestness of His Love: Its Diversity; Jesus and the World; Jesus and the Natural World; Transition to Part III; Why We Cannot Leave Our Consideration of Jesus Here; Part III - In the Holy of Holies The Mystery of Jesus' Personality Jesus Our Lord; Jesus in His Own Judgment; Preface; The Sinless One; The Son; The Promised Messiah; His Unprecedented Authority; The Extravagance of His Pretensions; Transition to Section B; Why We Cannot Expect Any Compelling Manifestation; The Course of History Corresponding to Jesus' Self-Estimate; How Far This Course is Jesus' Own Doing; The Miracles; The Searcher of Hearts and Prophet; How Far This is a Manifestation of God's Working in Jesus; The Days Before Easter; From Easter to Pentecost; Conclusion; Appendix to Chapter II Two Passions; General Index; Scriptures Index.