'This book shows in a very personal way how a former student of Rudolf Bultmann has made his own pilgrimage to a more satisfactory position in which, while not casting aside what he has learned positively from his teacher about the need to interpret the New Testament existentially, he stresses the importance of the historical Jesus for faith and also the importance of his death and resurrection for understanding his person. This is a fresh and readable work full of ripe scholarly insight' (Howard Marshall, University of Aberdeen).
'For more than forty years Eduard Schweizer has provided a sequence of important and deservedly influential contributions to New Testament studies, not least on the subject of christology. As we might expect, these lectures display a mastery of the material, both original and secondary, and a sureness of touch in a sequence of valuable cameos on texts and themes of importance. Of particular importance is the final autobiographical chapter in which he reviews his career, including, of course, some of the most tumultuous years Europe has ever known, and pays moving tribute to his teacher Bultmann. The whole is suffused by the warmth of Professor Schweizer's own personality and faith' (James D. G. Dunn, University of Durham).