The Interruptive Word: Eberhard Jungel on the Sacramental Structure of God's Relation to the World

The Interruptive Word: Eberhard Jungel on the Sacramental Structure of God's Relation to the World

by R. David Nelson
     
 

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While German Lutheran theologian Eberhard Jüngel (1934-) has made a number of significant contributions to contemporaneous discussions of sacramental theology, this topic has largely been ignored by interpreters of his thought. This study summarizes and evaluates, through a close reading of primary and secondary source materials, Jüngel's approach to the

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While German Lutheran theologian Eberhard Jüngel (1934-) has made a number of significant contributions to contemporaneous discussions of sacramental theology, this topic has largely been ignored by interpreters of his thought. This study summarizes and evaluates, through a close reading of primary and secondary source materials, Jüngel's approach to the problem of sacrament. R. David Nelson considers Jüngel's claim that the word of God functions sacramentally as it addresses its hearer, and analyses his assertion that Jesus Christ is the unique and preeminent sacrament of God for the world. Progressing to an exploration of Jüngel's ecclesiology, Nelson reveals Jüngel's interesting approach to the question of the church's sacramentality. The volume concludes with an investigation into Jüngel's doctrines of baptism and the Lord's Supper.

The Interruptive Word demonstrates that Jüngel consistently appeals to the category of 'interruption' for describing God's sacramental relation to the world and its actualities, concluding that the hegemony of the category of 'interruption' in Jüngel's theology of sacrament raises important questions concerning its coherence and tenability.

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Lutheran Quarterly Mark Mattes

A fine contribution to Jungel studies and contemporary theology of the church and sacraments.
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“A fine contribution to Jungel studies and contemporary theology of the church and sacraments.” —Mark Mattes, Lutheran Quarterly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780567658609
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
11/20/2014
Series:
T&T Clark Studies in Systematic Theology Series
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

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R. David Nelson is Acquisitions Editor for Baker Academic & Brazos Press.

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