[Albert Schweitzer’s New Testament Contributions by Joseph A. Johnson Jr.]

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Interdenominational Theological Center New Testament professor Joseph A. Johnson gives a lecture on Albert Schweitzer’s contributions to New Testament studies. In his lecture he discusses Schweitzer’s book “The Quest of the Historical Jesus.” Johnson’s claims on this book rests the fame of Schweitzer. He explains the focus of the book and describes it as a turning point in New Testament studies. Also included is a lecture by an unidentified male. In the lecture he discusses effective change agent criteria for pastors. He determines understanding and identifying as key parts of the criteria.

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00:00:05 Unidentified man introduces program and introduces ITC New Testament professor Dr. Joseph A. Johnson Jr. and his subject , Schweitzer’s contribution to New Testament studies.

00:00:26 Joseph A. Johnson Jr. talks about Schweitzer’s plan to go to Africa as a missionary. Talks about his death in Africa.

00:02:17 Talks about Schweitzer’s most abiding fame rests on his book “The Quest of the Historical Jesus.” The book surveys the critical history that had been written about Jesus in Germany for over 100 years.

00:03:42 Talks about the statement that opens the book, the greatest achievement of German theology is the critical investigation of the life of Jesus.

00:11:45 Talks about how Schweitzer’s book is a turning point and how New Testament scholars can never go back again to when scholars sought to disregard the eschatological and apocalyptic element in the Gospel proclamation.

00:13:51 Lecture ends.

00:14:07 Unidentified man talks about how in order for pastors to be effective change agents they must have the following: philosophy of growth, secondly patience, know his people well, learn interpersonal competence, be able to identify the problems and the needs, help people formulate desired goals, and to be able to understand and identify the motives of the people. There must also be purpose, program and techniques.

00:19:50 Questions from audience.

00:51:23 Audio ends.


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