Jesus and Community: The Social Dimension of Christian Faith

Jesus and Community: The Social Dimension of Christian Faith

Jesus and Community: The Social Dimension of Christian Faith

Jesus and Community: The Social Dimension of Christian Faith

Synopsis

The author calls the present-day church to once again be the "contrast society," which attracts non-believers by living what it preaches and by being different without being narrowly sectarian.

Excerpt

This book is a translation of Gerhard Lohfink, Wie hat Jesus Gemeinde gewollt? Zur gesellschaftlichen Dimension des christlichen Glaubens (Freiburg: Herder, 1982). the English title, Jesus and Community: the Social Dimension of Christian Faith, seeks to reflect the author’s interest in Jesus’ public aims with regard to Israel and the basic intentions which he had for his community of followers.

Unless otherwise noted, biblical quotations are from the Revised Standard Version. An asterisked biblical reference indicates that I have altered the translation in order to preserve the nuances of Prof. Lohfink’s German rendering of the text.

For suggestions concerning the translation and assistance in proofreading the manuscript I am indebted to Mr. Timothy A. Butler, Mr. David G. Caron, Mr. Kevin C. Koczela, Mr. Timothy J. MacGeorge, Rev. Frank J. Matera, and Rev. Laurence W. McGrath, Jr.

The translation is dedicated to Christopher Edmund O’Rourke, Amy Galvin O’Rourke, Elizabeth Donohoe, and Jeanne Donohoe.

John P. Galvin Boston, Mass. March 8, 1984 . . .

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