Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

The Resurrection of Jesus: New Considerations for Its Theological Interpretation

Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

The Resurrection of Jesus: New Considerations for Its Theological Interpretation

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The Resurrection of Jesus: New Considerations for its Theological Interpretation. By Kenan B. Osborne. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 1997. iii + 194 pp. $14.95 (paper).

A good choice for an introductory course on the resurrection, or a resource for the resurrection section of a Christology course, this book is divided into four clearly laid out sections, with appropriate summaries at the end. The first section sets out the status questionis in contemporary Protestant and Catholic theology, with good historical background. The second (and longest) section is a very useful, prudent study of the major voices of the New Testament witness to the resurrection. In the third section the author sets out a theology of the resurrection centred round an analysis of religious experience, and in the fourth section he situates study of the resurrection where, as he convincingly demonstrates, it belongs: within the overall field of Christology, and especially soteriology.

This is a catholic book, in the confessional and cultural sense, designed for seminary, undergraduate or adult catechetical purposes. This is valuable since it gives a good sense (with pre-Vatican II references) of how far catholic understanding has come in recent decades, showing how much has been opened up, how much there is still to do, and hinting at the ecclesiological consequences of taking new approaches seriously. The wholeheartedness with which the author pursues the scriptural questions is thus particularly welcome as a piece of educational methodology. The author has clearly grasped the key fact to be brought out with relation to the place of the resurrection within theology: as its study moves out of defensive and apologetic mode, so does its use as part of a sacrificial redemption theory controlled by the notion of sins-to-be-expiated collapse. …

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