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Title: The significance of the historical Jesus in contemporary Christologies : European, Latin American and Asian
Author: Kim, D. K.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1992
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The purpose of this thesis is to examine the significance of the historical Jesus in contemporary Christologies. Since the Enlightenment the quest of the 'historical Jesus' has influenced the shape of Christology not only in Europe but also in the Third World. We deal with the Christologies which have been formed in different backgrounds so that the roles of the historical Jesus in the Christologies of different cultures could be clear and comparable. Chapter I concentrates on Bultmann's Christology; firstly it approaches the figue of the historical Jesus reconstructed by authentic sayings based on form criticism, secondly it seeks to grasp the exact meaning of the kerygma of the death and resurrection of Christ based on the demythologizing programme. It compares the content of the message of the historical Jesus and that of the post-Easter Church, and examines whether there is any real continuity between the two. Chapter II is confined to examining how Kasemann, Fuchs and Ebeling have developed these issues which have been left unexplained in Bultmann; e.g. for Kasemann we look at how much and in what manner Paul and John were interested in the historical Jesus, and for Fuchs and Ebeling at the faith of Jesus and its meaning in the primitive Church. Focus is given solely to the relationship between the history of Jesus and the Christ of faith. In Chapters I and II, the guiding principle is to see whether there is a contact point between history and faith. Chapter III deals with the Christologies of Boff and Sobrino in Latin America. Through the figure of the historical Jesus in their Christologies, the perspective of liberation Christology and the role of the historical Jesus in society are examined.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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