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The Christology of the New Testament

By Oscar Cullmann Translated by Shirley C. Guthrie and Charles A. M. Hall

The Christology of the New Testament
Paperback, 355 pages $34.95
Published: 15th July 2018
ISBN: 9781481309547
Format: 9in x 6in

Subjects: All Theology, New Testament

Oscar Cullmann’s The Christology of the New Testament was the standard student textbook in New Testament courses and the measuring stick for scholarly inquiry into Christology for decades. An enduring classic, this book is based on a lifetime of study from one of the most creative and disciplined minds ever to tackle the problem of New Testament Christology.
Cullmann moves methodically through his careful philological and textual consideration of the various titles used for Jesus in the New Testament, dividing them into four groups: titles used to refer to Jesus’ earthly life (prophet, servant, and priest); titles used to refer to Jesus’ eschatological work (Messiah and Son of Man); titles used to refer to Jesus’ present work in the church (Lord and Savior); and titles used to refer to Jesus’ preexistence (Word and Son of God). In each case, he weighs the New Testament’s usage of each title against the Old Testament, Second Temple Jewish, and Hellenistic semantic backgrounds.
Though Cullmann sifts the evidence analytically and presents it systematically, the end result is not simply a christological lexicon. Instead, he creates a cohesive picture by showing that early Christianity’s view of Jesus originated with the historical Jesus himself. For Cullmann, New Testament Christology was not a later Hellenistic imposition upon earlier Jewish beliefs about Jesus. Rather, the titles used for Jesus form a chain of specific events centered around Jesus, events that fit into and extend the long string of God’s saving deeds in history.
Cullmann’s Christology remains as instructive and important today as when it first appeared—and still repays careful reading and study.

Translators’ Preface
1. Introduction: The Christological Problem in Early Christianity
Part I. The Christological Titles which Refer to the Earthly Work of Jesus
2. Jesus the Prophet
3. Jesus the Suffering Servant of God
4. Jesus the High Priest
Part II. The Christological Titles which Refer to the Future Work of Jesus
5. Jesus the Messiah
6. Jesus the Son Of Man
Part III. The Christological Titles which Refer to the Present Work of Jesus
7. Jesus the Lord
8. Jesus the Saviour
Part IV. The Christological Titles which Refer to the Pre-existence of Jesus
9. Jesus the Word
10. Jesus the Son of God
11. The Designation of Jesus as “God”
12. Conclusion: Perspectives of New Testament Christology

"The fruit of more than twenty years of study and teaching on the subject [of Christology], there is no doubt that it will be discussed for many years to come."

—Dale Moody, Review and Expositor

"A coherent picture of Jesus Christ."

—David M. Stanley, S.J., Theological Studies

"Stimulating and congenial."

—Alan Richardson, New Testament Studies

"This is Professor Cullmann’s most important work...one of the highly important works of our time; the survey of the total New Testament picture is unexcelled...A masterpiece of New Testament scholarship with which every student must reckon."

—W. Norman Pittenger, Theology Today

Oscar Cullmann (1902-1999) taught Greek, New Testament, and Early Christianity at the University of Strasbourg, the University of Basel, and the Sarbonne in Paris. He is best known for his many books and prolific speaking about Christianity and history. Upon his death at age ninety-six, the World Council of Churches honored him for his extensive ecumenical work.

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 355 pages
 9in x 6in

  REL015000, REL067040
 Baylor University Press

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Between Jesus and Paul - Studies in the Earliest History of Christianity

The Christology of the New Testament

Hellenistic Mystery-Religions - Their Basic Ideas and Significance

Israel's God and Rebecca's Children - Christology and Community in Early Judaism and Christianity

The Jewish Roots of Christological Monotheism - Papers from the St Andrews Conference on the Historical Origins of the Worship of Jesus

Kyrios Christos - A History of the Belief in Christ from the Beginnings of Christianity to Irenaeus

Messianic Exegesis - Christological Interpretation of the Old Testament in Early Christianity

The Name of God and the Angel of the Lord - Samaritan and Jewish Concepts of Intermediation and the Origin of Gnosticism

Old Testament Yahweh Texts in Paul’s Christology

The Other Judaisms of Late Antiquity - Second Edition

Paul’s Glory-Christology - Tradition and Rhetoric

Seek to See Him - Ascent and Vision Mysticism in the Gospel of Thomas

Trajectories through Early Christianity

Two Powers in Heaven - Early Rabbinic Reports about Christianity and Gnosticism

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