The Identity of Jesus Christ, Expanded and Updated Edition

Cascade, 2013
ISBN: 9781625642806


In his foreword, Mike Higton describes Hans W. Frei’s Identity of Jesus Christ as “a book about Jesus of Nazareth. It is not a book about ‘story,’ nor about ‘narrative theology.’ . . . Rather, this is a book about the way in which Jesus of Nazareth’s identity is rendered by the Gospels—largely the Synoptic Gospels, particularly the Gospel of Luke, and especially in the passion and resurrection sequences.”

This revised and updated edition includes Mike Higton’s foreword, a new critical introduction from Joshua B. Davis, and Frei’s essay “Theological Reflections on the Accounts of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection.”

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Key Features

  • Studies the identity of Jesus as portrayed in the Gospels
  • Includes a new critical introduction from Joshua B. Davis
  • Presents the essay “Theological Reflections on the Accounts of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection”


  • Foreword by Mike Higton
  • Introduction by Joshua B. Davis
  • Introduction: The Approach to the Problem
  • The Problem of Presence
  • The Problem of Identity
  • Distortions of Christ’s Identity
  • The New Testament Depiction of Jesus Christ
  • The Presence of Christ
  • Epilogue: A Meditation for the Week of Good Friday and Easter
  • Theological Reflections on the Accounts of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection

Praise for the Print Edition

Hans Frei has written one of the most interesting and provocative christological proposals in recent American theology. It continues to stimulate discussion and to bear fruit for the faith of the Church and the life of academic theology.

George Hunsinger, Hazel McCord Professor of Systematic Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary

No one could have anticipated the significance of this book when it was first published. Intellectually, we simply were not ready for it. Developments in theology and philosophy that made Frei’s work so important were largely unknown to the general public. Now, thank God, many have ‘caught up to Frei’ and can appreciate the significance of this extraordinary book. For if Frei did nothing else, he made the Gospels again property of the church.

Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics, Duke University

Product Details

  • Title: The Identity of Jesus Christ: The Hermeneutical Bases of Dogmatic Theology
  • Author: Hans W. Frei
  • Editor: Mark Alan Bowland
  • Edition: Expanded and Updated
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 262
  • Christian Group: Anglican
  • Resource Type: Topical
  • Topic: Theology

About Hans W. Frei

Hans W. Frei (1922–1988) was one of the most important American theologians of his generation. He spent the majority of his career teaching at Yale Divinity School, where he authored The Identity of Jesus Christ and The Eclipse of Biblical Narrative, numerous essays, and a vast collection of unpublished works, which have since been published posthumously.

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