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Familiar Stranger: An Introduction to Jesus of Nazareth.

Familiar Stranger

A familiar stranger is an individual who is recognized from regular activities, but with whom one does not interact. First identified by Stanley Milgram in the 1972 paper The Familiar Stranger: An Aspect of Urban Anonymity
: An Introduction to Jesus of Nazareth. By Michael J. McClymond (Eerdmans, $16). McClymond, professor of theological studies at Saint Louis University Saint Louis University, mainly at St. Louis, Mo.; Jesuit; coeducational; opened 1818 as an academy, became a college 1820, chartered as a university 1832. Parks College (est. 1927 as Parks College of Aeronautical Technology) in Cahokia, Ill. , has penned an excellent introduction to Jesus. He moves through methodological questions to historical and cultural background and then the life and teaching of Jesus. Though it is a small book, McClymond covers the subject quite well. Few issues regarding Jesus research are left untouched. Many differing opinions and secondary resources are mentioned, though few if any are cited as authoritative. The result is a fine introduction, useful for advanced lay groups, college students, and introductory seminary seminary

Educational institution, usually for training in theology. In the U.S. the term was formerly also used to refer to institutions of higher learning for women, often teachers' colleges.
 courses. The author has written a general introduction to Jesus, not a new proposal. As McClymond recognizes, though, it would be impossible to write anything about Jesus without finding there your own faith (p. 139). Yet he manages to avoid any noticeable bias. In fact, to counteract any such bias, in the last chapter, somewhat ironically i·ron·ic   also i·ron·i·cal
1. Characterized by or constituting irony.

2. Given to the use of irony. See Synonyms at sarcastic.

, he describes some unacceptable, but legitimate, views of Jesus.

Graydon F. Snyder, Chicago, Illinois Illinois, river, United States
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Author:Snyder, Graydon F.
Publication:Currents in Theology and Mission
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Apr 1, 2005
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