Although this book is advertised as being for students in seminaries as well as the general reader, I think the general reader (me, for example) would be disappointed. It is a good enough survey of the first five hundred years of the development of orthodox Roman Catholic teaching about Christ but thereafter the author fails to engage seriously with any further developments. For example, the blurb says this new edition discusses recent theories about near-death experiences and bereavement and their relevance for understanding the resurrection, but such theories are mentioned and dismissed in two lines. Further on, the author tries to engage with current gender issues by saying that the earthly Jesus was obviously a man but as Christ he combined masculine behaviour such as assertiveness and anger (!) whilst also being sensitive to women (parables about widows) and displaying nurturing behaviour towards children. I would advide readers wanting a more flexible yet orthodox summary of current Catholic teaching to read Walter Kasper's "Jesus the Christ".
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