Jesus of Nazareth continues to fascinate. From antiquity onwards countless people have found meaning for their lives through Jesus' teaching. His life led to the establishment of a community that subsequently grew into what is today the world's largest religion. At the center of the Christian faith stands the confession that this Jesus is both "true human being and true God." In Jesus of Nazareth , noted German New Testament scholar Jens Schroeter directly addresses the connection between Jesus' humanity and divinity--how the historical Jesus can also be the Christ of confession. Schroeter begins by looking at the modern quest for the "historical Jesus" from its beginnings down to the present. In the process Schroeter isolates key questions of historical method--how can we reconstruct the past? What is the relationship between these reconstructions and past reality itself? Schroeter then examines the words and deeds of Jesus, including his death and resurrection, in their Galilean and Greco-Roman contexts. Schroeter finally measures the impact that Jesus has had in literature, film, music, and the fine arts. Jesus of Nazareth thus narrates the remarkable story of how a Jew from Galilee became the savior of the world, how Jesus can be said to be both God and human, and how this Jesus continues to exert influence.
Jens Schroter is Professor for Exegesis and Theology of the New Testament and New Testament Apocrypha at the Faculty of Theology at the Humboldt-University in Berlin. Wayne Coppins is Associate Professor of Religion at the University of Georgia. S. Brian Pounds is Adjunct Instructor of Religion at the University of Georgia.
Part I: Introduction 1. The "Historical" and the "Remembered" Jesus; or, How It "Really" Was 2. A Glance at the History of Research 3. The Historical Material: Remains and Sources Part II: A Portrayal of Jesus 4. A Jew from Galilee: The Nazarene 5. A Jew from Galilee: The Galilean 6. A Jew from Galilee: The Jew 7. The Reign of God Begins: Jesus' Encounter with John 8. The Reign of God Begins: Beginnings in Galilee 9. The Reign of God in the Proclamation of Jesus 10. Life in Light of the Reign of God: The Ethos of Jesus 11. Representative of God or Savior of Israel? The Self-Understanding of Jesus and the Judgment of His Contemporaries 12. The Jerusalem Events 13. Jesus and the Beginnings of Christian Faith 14. Spotlights on the Wirkungsgeschichte of Jesus