Wisdom of Wimber

The Significance of the Synoptic Miracles: Taking the Worldview of Jesus Seriously (Paperback)

This book was written as a protest against the demythologizing tendencies which characterize so much contemporary theology: it questions the assumption that the New Testament can be understood in terms other than its own. In particular the author is dissatisfied with the interpretation of the miracles that such theology can give. In his submission, a

This book was written as a protest against the demythologizing tendencies which characterize so much contemporary theology: it questions the assumption that the New Testament can be understood in terms other than its own. In particular the author is dissatisfied with the interpretation of the miracles that such theology can give. In his submission, a theology which acknowledges, and then fails to take account of, or strips away altogether, the demonological thought-world into which the miracle stories are woven, results in only a partial estimate of their significance. Here the miracles are restored to their context, seen in perspective as historical happenings, and considered in relation to Jesus’ central theme of the Kingdom.
In this book, written a half century ago, Kallas flew full force into the face of the prevailing way of interpreting the New Testament. While scholarship as a whole was convinced that the New Testament had to be modernized, stripped of its archaic and medieval language or the church would lose it audience, Kallas argued in the opposite direction, insisting that while a rewrite of the New Testament would salvage our audience, we would have nothing to tell them for the gospel would have been emasculated. Fifty years of flaccid flawed pap has proven him right and has demanded a reprint of this his first book.

Author Profile

James Kallas has had an extraordinary life. A veteran of the U.S. Navy at age 14, later one of St. Olaf College’s greatest athletes, A Phi Beta Kappa key winner, a Fulbright and Rockefeller Scholar, a private pilot; and a former pro football player with the Chicago Bears. He was on the founding faculty of California Lutheran College (now University), and went on to be President of Dana College in Blair NE. It was for his work at Dana that he was knighted by the Queen of Denmark.

Comments

J. Eccles says:

“Significance of the Synoptic Miracles” reviewed A contribution to the understanding of the synoptic Gospels. Helpful is the note that two themes are in their background: the Davidic covenant intertwined with the apocalyptic “Son of man” theme of Dan. 7:13. His spotlight on the collision of the demonic forces with the announcement of the Kingdom demonstrates the reason for the miracles. Kallas may overeach to a degree, but his point is made. This monograph deserves reprinting.

BLL says:

B. L. Lamb Easy to read, this book is an excellent comparative study. It should be reprinted.

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