No subject has caused such a stir in theological circles in recent years as the debate on "New Testament and Mythology". For this subject is not only of immense practical importance; it also raises the most ultimate and profound issues for the academic theologian.
Review and examination of the birth and genealogy Jesus, and the visit of the wise men.
God knows at first-hand the mysteries of childhood, youth, and adulthood.
A brief history of the church’s dependence upon its founder for the last nineteen centuries.
The Messiah, Son of David. The promises to Elizabeth and Mary. Mary visits Elizabeth. Birth of John the Baptist and Jesus. Shepherds. Wise men. Flight to Egypt and return. Trip to Jerusalem at age twelve. Jesus’ childhood and youth. (Mt 1:18-25; 2:1-23; Lk 1:1-80; 2:1-52).
In approaching many ways to God Barclay sets out four conceptions of religion, plus personal experience and temperament.
John’s prologue in his book of John, and the witness of John the Baptist are examined.
Mark sets up the coming on scene of Jesus; the beginning of His ministry.
There are many important points on which critical opinion is likely to continue divided, but there are good grounds for thinking that we can still get from the New Testament a knowledge of Jesus and of his Church different in some respects from that of earlier days but with the same power to inspire men to follow him in their lives.
We are so used to thinking about the human quest for God that we cannot easily grasp the idea of God’s taking the initiative in making himself known, especially when it is affirmed that he has done so in specific historical events and developments.