Identity and Experience in the New Testament

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Fortress Press - 298 pages
How do the New Testament documents present issues of passion, will, identity, and perception? How did the earliest followers of Jesus understand their experiences, behaviors, and suffering? These questions and more are addressed in this stimulating work by one of the most productive Continental New Testament scholars. Rather than approaching the New Testament with a Freudian, Jungian, or other modern psychological theory, Berger illuminates historically how peoples of the first century described their human experiences in relation to their encounters with God, Christ, demons, and the power of their own desires and will.

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Alienation
124
Emotions
128
Desire Covetousness
133
The Theological and Psychological Significance of Pauls Comments on Desire
136
Fear and Anxiety Angst
138
Terror
145
Worry
152
Disappointed Love
156

The Essence of a Person Can Return
29
Christ Lives in Me
32
Autonomy of the Self
35
Demonic Possession
44
Observations on the ReligioHistorical Context
45
Demonic Possession in HistoricalPsychological Perspective
48
Questions of Application
53
Experience of the Body
60
Relationship as Bodily Experience
61
The Body as Transferable Property
64
Sinning against Ones Own Body
66
The Corporeality of Both Salvation and Damnation
67
Conclusions
68
Interior and Exterior
70
Devaluing the External
71
The Path from Interior to Exterior
74
The Inner Person according to Paul
78
Perceptions
82
A Shifting of Perceptions
93
Visions
96
Mythical Events
103
Journeys to Heaven
108
Conscience
114
Death
121
Groaning and Longing
162
Joy and Sorrow
165
Suffering
178
Interpretation of Suffering
179
Experiencing Being Valued
180
Suffering and Dualism
181
Suffering as Origin of the Exhortation
182
Suffering and the Experience of Time
183
HistoricalPsychological Interpretation
184
Religion
186
Holy Spirit and Charisma
198
Sin
207
Prayer
212
Pastoral Care
216
Behavior
219
Necessary SelfLove
228
Sexuality
232
Risking and Gaining Life
239
Possessions
244
Vengeance
246
Notes
249
Bibliography
283
Index
287
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Page 143 - And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear; because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
Page 74 - The good person out of the good treasure of the heart produces good, and the evil person out of evil treasure produces evil; for it is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks.
Page 78 - For I delight in the law of God, in my inmost self, but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin which dwells in my members.
Page 117 - Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers subject to him (1 Peter 3:18-22).
Page 219 - Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple.
Page 74 - For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit; for each tree is known by its own fruit.
Page 192 - Samuel and the prophets — who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, received promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight.
Page 144 - There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death.
Page 226 - The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.

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