Spring 1986 • Vol. VIII No. 2 Book ReviewsApril 1, 1986 |

Universal Dimensions

Jesus Through the Centuries: His Place in the History of Culture by Jaroslav Pelikan. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1985. 270 pages. $22.50. Jaroslav Pelikan scarcely needs an introduction. His many works and his academic excellence are well known in Protestant and Catholic circles alike. Indeed, many have noted that Pelikan is one of those rare, contemporary scholars, who bring to their subjects a breadth of linguistic skills, a depth of historical data, and a wide spectrum of humanistic and cultural studies. This present volume bears ample witness to this kind of comprehensive scholarship. To understand what Pelikan is attempting to do, the reader must begin with the author's introduction. Here, he attempts to describe the "history of the culture" in which Jesus appears. For Pelikan, culture is far more than the arts, politics and economics, science and education. Culture is, of course, all of these, but it includes the ordinary warp and woof of a given age as well. Jesu

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