The Interruptive Word (T&t Clark Studies In Systematic Theology Series)
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...
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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.
- 1. Introduction/ Part I. The Sacramental Character Of The Word Of God/ 2. Language Of Address As The Location Of The Encounter Between God And Humanity / 3. Analogy Of Advent / 4. The Parable As Sacramental Speech/ Conclusion To Part I/ Part Ii. Jesus Christ - The One Sacrament Of God For The World/ 5. Sacrament As Sign And Event/ 6. The Humanity Of Jesus Christ As Mystery/ 7. Jesus Of Nazareth, Christ Of Faith - A Christological Dilemma At The Heart Of Jungel's Theology Of Sacrament/ Conclusion To Part Ii/ Part Iii. The Problem Of The Sacramentality Of The Church/ 8. Jungel On The Attributes Of The Church/ 9. The Church As Signum Sacramentalis/ Conclusion To Part Iii/ Part Iv. The Sacramental Celebrations Of Baptism And The Lord's Supper/ 10. Testing The Continuity Of Jungel's Descriptions Of Baptism And The Lord's Supper/ 11. Baptism And The Lord's Supper As Re-presentations And Presentations Of Jesus Christ/ 12. Baptism And The Lord's Supper In The Text Of El Ser Sacramental/ Conclusion To Part Iv/ 13. Conclusion