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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The Oxford Handbook of Christology

As I've noted on here many times, we are living in a time when "handbooks of" or "companions to" are all the rage: major publishers continue to bring them out on a variety of topics, including sacramental theology. Set for November release is a hefty collection of articles devoted to that most controverted of topics that so riled and divided early Christianity and led to such complex and often maddening debates: Francesca Aran Murphy, ed., The Oxford Handbook of Christology (Oxford UP, 2015), 704pp.

About this book we are told:
The Oxford Handbook of Christology brings together 40 authoritative essays considering the theological study of the nature and role of Jesus Christ. This collection offers dynamic perspectives within the study of Christology and provides rigorous discussion of inter-confessional theology, which would not have been possible even 60 years ago. The first of the seven parts considers Jesus Christ in the Bible. Rather than focusing solely on the New Testament, this section begins with discussion of the modes of God's self-communication to us and suggests that Christ's most original incarnation is in the language of the Hebrew Bible. The second section considers Patristics Christology. These essays explore the formation of the doctrines of the person of Christ and the atonement between the First Council of Nicaea in 325 and the eve of the Second Council of Nicaea. The next section looks at Medieval theology and tackles the development of the understanding of who Christ was and of his atoning work. The section on "Reformation and Christology" traces the path of the Reformation from Luther to Bultmann. The fifth section tackles the new developments in thinking about Christ which have emerged in the modern and the postmodern eras, and the sixth section explains how beliefs about Jesus have affected music, poetry, and the arts. The final part concludes by locating Christology within systematic theology, asking how it relates to Christian belief as a whole. This comprehensive volume provides an invaluable resource and reference for scholars, students, and general readers interested in the study of Christology.
If you peruse the table of contents, you will see such well known and highly respected scholars of the Christian East prominently featured among the contributors as Brian Daley, Khaled Anatolios, Norman Russell, and Andrew Louth.

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