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Who Is Jesus?: History in Perfect Tense

Who Is Jesus?

History in Perfect Tense

Leander E. Keck (Author)


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In Who Is Jesus? Keck clarifies the difference between the way Jesus is presented in the Gospels and the way critical historians portray him. He then explores, from four perspectives, Jesus' contemporary moral and theological pertinence. Keck looks initially at Jesus as a first-century Jew, then considers how Jesus' mission was energized by his grasp of the kingdom of God. He goes on to probe the meaning of the crucifixion of Jesus in light of the biblical understanding of God's holiness, a theme largely neglected today. Keck concludes his discussion by looking at Jesus' role in the moral life of the Christian community.
  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800631703
  • Dimensions 6 x 9
  • Pages 224
  • Publication Date July 10, 2001


"Leander Keck invites readers into his own exploration of major issues in the study of Jesus: his Jewishness, his teaching, his death, and his significance for the moral life. While it engagingly maps the scholarly quest of the Jesus of history, Who is Jesus? is equally attentive to the present tense. A welcome contribution for students and scholars alike."
— Beverly Roberts Gaventa
Princeton Theological Seminary, NJ

Table of Contents


  1. The Presence of the Past

  2. The Permanent Particular
    Jesus the Jew

  3. The Embodied Future
    Jesus the Teacher

  4. The Fractured Prism
    Jesus' Death and the Living God

  5. The Authorizing Judge
    Jesus in the Moral Life

    Works Cited
    Index of Passages
    Index of Modern Authors