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Familiar Stranger: An Introduction to Jesus of Nazareth (Bible in Its World) [Paperback]

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Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6.06" Height: 0.59"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 22, 2004
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN  0802826806  
EAN  9780802826800  

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For much of Christian history the church has given no place to Holy Saturday in its liturgy or worship. Yet the space dividing Calvary and the Garden may be the best from which to reflect on the meaning of Christ's death and resurrection. This superb work by the late Alan Lewis develops on a grand scale and in great detail a theology of Holy Saturday.

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Familiar Stranger by Michael McClymond is a very readable introduction to that elusive figure known as the historical Jesus his life, his world, his sayings and doings, accounts of his death and resurrection, and his followers efforts to understand him.
Three features set Familiar Stranger apart from the many other available books on Jesus. First, it?'s targeted to general readers but doesn t dumb down in its attempt to inform them. Second, it?'s ideologically balanced, exhibiting a refreshing lack of agenda or ulterior motive beyond the desire to genuinely present what we can and cannot know about Jesus today. Third, it brings together the two most fruitful models for understanding Jesus and his mission Jesus the moral sage and Jesus the eschatological prophet. The result is a truly well-rounded picture of Jesus.
Marked by concision, clarity, and thoroughness, McClymond?'s Familiar Stranger is ideal for classrooms, study groups, and individuals in search of an up-to-date, trustworthy guide to the historical Jesus. Readers familiar with Jesus may well find him becoming stranger to them through these pages, and, conversely, those to whom Jesus is a stranger may well discover a growing familiarity with him.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Michael J. McClymond (PhD, University of Chicago) is professor of modern Christianity at St. Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. He is the award-winning author of Familiar Stranger: An Introduction to Jesus of Nazareth and Encounters with God: An Approach to the Theology of Jonathan Edwards, and coauthor of The Theology of Jonathan Edwards.

Michael J. McClymond has an academic affiliation as follows - Saint Louis University.

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level headed reading  Sep 12, 2006
the subject of Jesus is one of which much has been said and written. This book gives a pretty solid and sane overview of Jesus studies and subjects. It is not exhaustive of course, and it is not the final word, the book doesn't claim to be, however it will give the reader a good deal of very relevant Jesus study issues to know about. It avoids fundamentalist extremes while also avoiding liberal extremes. For a few other good books on Jesus try: Jesus and The Gospels by Craig Blomberg; Jesus and His World by Peter Walker; The Original Jesus by N.T. Wright.
Introducing Jesus for the First Time  Jul 20, 2006
The title of this book is appropriately named as many in our contemporary society claim belief in Jesus, and yet know very little about this "familiar stranger." This book is not merely a repetition of the ever increasing debate about the historical Jesus, it becomes "through mild scholarly language" a way to see Jesus presented as a whole. This book is extremely objective, and yet still presents the facts in a considerate manner. Trust me, this book is a wonderful start for anyone who wants to explore Jesus, but one is not to stop here. I recommend reading "Reinventing Jesus" which further answers tough questions about Jesus and the formation of Christianity.
Erudite But  Mar 22, 2006
This is an extremely edurite text that covers a large amount of material. It some respects it reads like a doctoral dissertation, and that is the book's main strength and its main weakness. For although the author covers the ground thoroughly and his descriptions of other scholars' works are thorough and unbiased (which is certainly welcome in this area), and his documentation is more than adequate, the reader will come away with very little this is new or provocative. It could be argued that "new or provocative" are not necessarily virtues and a strong scholarly book, even if pedestrian, is always welcome. That would be true, except for the extremely high level at which this book is addressed. I doubt that beginning students could even read it, much less gain from it. It's clearly for the advanced scholar, yet without offering much that is new, what is the purpose? The authors tells us in the early pages that he chose not to "dumb down" his approach, and I think it was a bad decision. A dumb-downed version of this book would be an excellent introduction for the beginning student.

Of course the book is not without its errors, especially with regard to Jesus' relationship to his family. McClymond makes the common mistake of accepting Mark 3:21 with its usual translation which is clearly incorrect (i.e., the reference is to his disciples, not to his family who do not show up for 10 more verses). He also believes that Jesus was born in 4 B.C. (I prefer 6), that he lived in Nazareth (which archeologists tell us didn't even exist until mid 1st Century A.D.), that he and his father were carpenters (I prefer the "tecton" translation as master craftsman which helps explain Jesus' education, something a carpenter would not have had), that Jesus died in 30 A.D. (36 is the obvious date), etc. He also makes the mistake of claiming that Jesus is identified in the works of Pliny and Suetonius, when the fact is that "Christ" or the "anointed one" is identified without any reference to the person named Jesus/Joshua. Since there were many anointed ones, the reference to "Christ" was hardly definitive for 1st Century writers.

Advanced students will probably want to take a look at this book because it is so well done and well documented, but beginning students should be forewarned.

PS - I wish this site allowed more than 5 stars. This is clearly an excellent book, but I can only assign 3 stars using their current system.

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