Examines the impact of Jesus of Nazareth on Western culture--politically, socially, and economically--and suggests that a study of the various historical representations of Jesus will reveal an essential key to improved cultural understanding
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Jaroslav Pelikan is Sterling Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University. He is the author of more than thirty books, including The Christian Tradition, widely acknowledged as the foremost history of its kind, and, more recently, Mary Through the Centuries, published by Yale University Press.From Library Journal:
Writing for the general reader, eminent church historian Pelikan proposes that, while the figure of Jesus provides the chief continuity in the history of Christianity, each age has depicted him in accordance with its own character. He demonstrates this in 18 brief yet magisterial essays, each describing an image of Jesus and its significance for a period in the history of the church. The gospels present Jesus as a rabbi; understanding Jesus as lord first produced tension between Christianity and the Roman Empire and later fostered the development of a Christian empire; an ascetical understanding of Jesus underlay monasticism; incarnational theology was a factor in the Renaissance, etc. History Book Club main selection. Terrance Callan, NT Studies Dept., Athenaeum of Ohio, Cincinnati
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Book Description Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1985. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. NEW: SPLENDID: 1st edition hardcover (1985) w full no. line showing 1st printing, new unclipped mylar-protected jacket w/ impeccable edges & corners, strikingly handsome as-new cover w/ sharp as-new edges & corners & w/ white linen wrapping spine & extending 1.50" onto front & back panels covered in soft-gray marbled paper, as-new sewn binding w/ tight signatures & blue-white-checked cloth band at spine-caps, excellent smooth-cut text-block exterior, pristine plum-rose end-papers on heavy stock, pristine interior handsomely printed in Palatino on excellent acid-free unblemished archival paper * 6.36" x 9.50" x 1.08", 0.64 kg, xvi+270 (286) pp. * Illus. throughout w/ handsome b-w reproductions & full color plates on gloss laminated stock * List of Illus. (ix), Preface (xv), Introduction: The Good, the True & the Beautiful (1), Notes (235), Index of Proper Names (259), Index of Biblical References (268) * Jesus of Nazareth has been the dominant figure in the history of Western culture for 2,000 years. Each age has created Jesus in its own image, finding its own thoughts in Jesus & discovering in his life & teachings the answers to fundamental questions of human existence & destiny. This important book by noted historian & theologian Jaroslav Pelikan examines the impact of Jesus not only on the culture but also on the political, social & economic history of the past two millennia. Studying the images of Jesus cherished by successive ages (from 'rabbi' in the 1st century to 'universal man' in the Renaissance to 'liberator' in the 19th & 20th centuries), Professor Pelikan suggests that the way a particular age depicted Jesus is an essential key to understanding that age. As he follows Jesus through the centuries, Pelikan addresses a wide range of stimulating questions: What happened to the political fabric of the Roman empire when Caesar decided that Jesus was to be called the King of kings? How do we explain the irony that a tradition which began w/ the prohibition of sacred images went on to produce the greatest explosion of religious art in human history? How did the vision of Jesus Christ as the disclosure of the rational structure of the universe contribute to the rise of science? How could the Crusades, medieval & modern, invoke the name of the Prince of Peace? What has Jesus meant for the advance of literacy in the history of both East & West? Neither a chronicle of the life of Jesus nor a history of Christianity, this wise & informative book is directed toward thoughtful readers, be they believers or not. For if, as Clemenceau said, "war is much too serious to be a thing to be left to the military," then likewise the understanding of the images of Jesus through the centuries is too important to be left to the church & theologians alone. * "Like a master jeweler working w/ hard but valuable material, Jaroslav Pelikan has given distinctive shape to a great subject. He has chiseled 18 surfaces, ea. w/ a different image of Jesus Christ affecting human culture. The result is an often glittering intellectual history that illuminates important chapters of human sensibility w/ flashes of light & color from Eastern as well as Western Christianity. 'Jesus through the Centuries' invites us to go beyond narrow scholarship in our study of that historical record & to reexamine what we are in the light of what Jesus was. " - James H. Billington, Librarian of Congress & author of 'Icon & the Axe' & 'Fire in the Minds of Men'. * A towering scholar & a beloved & inspiring teacher, Jarolsav Pelikan was Sterling Professor of History & William Clyde DeVane Lecturer at Yale University. Among his many books are 'The Vindication of Tradition' (1983) & the classic four-volume work 'The Christian Tradition'. Bookseller Inventory # 007934
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