Review by Choice Review
Editor Burkett (Louisiana State Univ.) has put together a wide-ranging collection of "diverse conceptions and images of Jesus.. The book consists of six main parts: (1) "Jesus in the New Testament"; (2) "Jesus beyond the New Testament"; (3) "Jesus in World Religions"; (4) "Philosophical and Historical Perspective on Jesus"; (5) "Modern Manifestations of Jesus"; and (6) "Jesus in Art, Fiction, and Film.. The section "Jesus in the New Testament" is the largest (130 pages), followed by "Modern Manifestations of Jesus" (120 pages). "Jesus in World Religions" (70 pages) consists of chapters on Jewish, Islamic, Hindu, and Buddhist perspectives. One might note the absence of a Christian perspective on Jesus in this section, but that perspective is represented in the previous sections, in such essays as "The Christ of the Creeds" and "Jesus in Atonement Theory.. This work includes extensive references and a detailed index. No collection of essays better represents the remarkable diversity in the approaches to the elusive Jesus of Nazareth. Despite its exorbitant price, this volume will be useful for all libraries supporting work on religion. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates and above. P. K. Moser Loyola University Chicago
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