ALBERT NOLAN JESUS BEFORE CHRISTIANITY PDF

Reading the works of Thomas Merton , Nolan became attracted to the idea of religious life. Eventually he joined the Dominican Order in , and studied in South Africa and Rome, where he received a doctorate. In the s, he taught theology at the Dominican training institution in South Africa, associated with the University of Stellenbosch. In the s, he became the national chaplain to the National Catholic Federation of Students. In , he was elected Master of the Order of Preachers. In the s, as a result of his conviction that theology must come from the grassroots level and not an academic, he started a radical church magazine called Challenge, of which he was the editor for many years.

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Shelves: bible , biography First published in South Africa in , Albert Nolans Jesus before Christianity is a vivid portrait of the Jesus I know from the Gospels and a compelling call to follow that Jesus into the new humanity out of a world that is hell-bent for destruction. I especially like the chapters on healing, forgiveness, and faith in Jesusand Nolans emphasis throughout the book on Jesus compassion.

Three chapters are a little difficult to follow unless you read them in their historical and political context—the struggle against South African apartheid.

It clearly lays out our urgent need of salvation and the insipid quality of a Christianity that does not follow the Jesus of the Gospels. With that shift, we no longer have Jesus only, but Jesus in conversation with Moses and Elijah—that is, Jesus plus the Law plus the Prophets, as in Mark We disciples of Jesus do well to heed its call to faith in action through courageous compassion.

And, as disciples of Jesus, we do well to stay focused on Jesus—the Jesus before Christianity. I appreciated his fresh approach which took very little for granted. Most of the book described what Nolan concluded Jesus actually believed and was influenced by. There is a great deal of cultural and historical context information brought out in this book that illuminates the character of Jesus the man.

Nolan used this background to argue that Christ was one deeply concerned with the Nolan builds off the research of hundreds of historians and biblical scholars to offer a new take on Jesus. Jesus offered an example of values fully grounded in compassion that Nolan argued were introduced by Jesus with the hope of impeding the coming destruction of Israel at the hands of the Romans.

Therefore, Nolan argued that following Jesus is actually following the truth he represented. This is an interesting idea, but comes off deeply flat for one like myself who experiences worshiping God as a being and not as an idea.

I agree that God is truth but scripture and my experience of God seems to promise that he is more than simply that.

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Kindof a waste of time. Thus our faith in Jesus as son of God is increased by knowing Him as Jesus the human being. Nolan points how that Jesus never proclaimed his authority nor stated that he was divine and did not even defend himself in his trial, all of which teach us something important about the nature of Jesus. Nolan pictures Jesus as a prophet for a coming of calamity conquest by the Romans that would come around 70 AD , who wanted not to lead a military revolt but to protect Israel by having the people change themselves. He showed care for the poor and oppressed at a time when they were though to be beyond saving, and taught healing and forgiveness.

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Jesus before Christianity

Shelves: bible , biography First published in South Africa in , Albert Nolans Jesus before Christianity is a vivid portrait of the Jesus I know from the Gospels and a compelling call to follow that Jesus into the new humanity out of a world that is hell-bent for destruction. I especially like the chapters on healing, forgiveness, and faith in Jesusand Nolans emphasis throughout the book on Jesus compassion. Three chapters are a little difficult to follow unless you read them in their historical and political context—the struggle against South African apartheid. It clearly lays out our urgent need of salvation and the insipid quality of a Christianity that does not follow the Jesus of the Gospels. With that shift, we no longer have Jesus only, but Jesus in conversation with Moses and Elijah—that is, Jesus plus the Law plus the Prophets, as in Mark

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