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Jesus and Community: The Social Dimensions of Christian Faith
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Jesus and Community: The Social Dimensions of Christian Faith


Fortress Press 1984

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Gerhard Lohfink calls the present-day church to once again be the “contrast society,” which attracts non-believers by living what it preaches and by being different without being narrowly sectarian.

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Key Features

  • Examines Jesus’ public aims with regard to Israel and the basic intentions which he had for his community of followers
  • Analyzes the ministry of Jesus to discover what the church should look like today
  • Explores how Jesus gathered God’s existing church, Israel


  • Jesus and Israel
    • The Preaching of the Baptist
    • The Institution of the Twelve
    • The Sick Members of the People of God
    • The Prayer for Gathering in the Our Father
    • The Pilgrimage of the Nations
    • The Crisis of Israel
    • Death for the Many
    • The Reign of God and the People of God
  • Jesus and His Disciples
    • The Circle of Disciples
    • The Sermon on the Mount
    • The New Family
    • The End of the Fathers
    • The Renunciation of Violence
    • The Light Burden
    • The City on the Hill
    • Jesus’ Will for Community
  • The New Testament Communities in the Discipleship of Jesus
    • The Church As the People of God
    • The Presence of the Spirit
    • The Elimination of Social Barriers
    • The Praxis of “Togetherness”
    • Brotherly Love
    • The Renunciation of Domination
    • The Church as Contrast-Society
    • The Sign for the Nations
  • The Ancient Church in the Discipleship of Jesus
    • The People from the Peoples
    • The Religion of Healing
    • Christian Fraternity
    • God’s Contrast-Society
    • The Christian Refusal
    • The Church and War
    • The Fulfillment of Isaiah 2
    • The Confirmation of Truth through Praxis
  • Postscript: The Heritage of Augustine

Product Details

  • Title: Jesus and Community: The Social Dimensions of Christian Faith
  • Author: Gerhard Lohfink
  • Translator: John P. Galvin
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress
  • Publication Date: 1984
  • Pages: 224

About Gerhard Lohfink

Gerhard Lohfink is a German Catholic priest and theologian. He was Ordinarious Professor for the New Testament on the Catholic Theological Faculty at the University of Tübingen in Germany from 1976–1986.