Fortress Press

The Christology of Jesus

The Christology of Jesus

Ben Witherington III (Author)


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In this bold experiment in Christology, Ben Witherington develops a new, indirect method to discern Jesus' self-understanding.

Using the evangelist's portrayals of Jesus' words, deeds, and relationships as avenues of insight, Witherington reveals a Jesus who both understood and disclosed himself in messianic terms, filling traditional terms–Son of man, Son of David, and Messiah–with new content.
  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800631086
  • Dimensions 6 x 9
  • Pages 320
  • Publication Date February 13, 1997


"Witherington charts a bold course. Any christology, he argues, must begin with what Jesus said and thought about himself ... Whether one agrees with Witherington's conclusions or not ... his work is impressive. He demonstrates a familiarity with the relevant literature and makes his case cogently."
— Charles B. Cousar, Interpretation

"A thoughtful, well-done, and important work that should stimulate further attempts to probe the interior self-understanding of Jesus."
Adris Newsletter

Table of Contents


  1. Methodological and Historical Considerations

    Formal Arguments
    Methodological Matters
    Caveats and the Criteria for Authenticity

  2. Christology and the Relationships of Jesus

    Jesus and the Baptist
    Jesus and the Pharisees
    Jesus, Revolutionaries, and Romans
    Jesus and the Disciplies

  3. Christology and the Deeds of Jesus

    Jesus the Visionary
    Miracles and Mighty Signs

  4. Christology and the Words of Jesus

    Jesus as Teacher and Preacher
    Jesus and the Dominion of God
    Abba and Filial Consciousness
    The Son of Man

  5. Afterword and Conclusions

    Wrede's "Messianic Secret" Motif
    Jesus' Self-Perception