In the 16th chapter of Matthew's Gospel, Jesus asks his disciples "Who do you say that I am?"
Over the course of the past two millennia, countless answers have been given to that question. In our own time, as fascism surges throughout the globe, the name of Jesus is often lingering on the lips of those most ardently engaged in works of injustice and oppression. Others, imaginations empowered by the words and deeds of Jesus, struggle to resist oppression as they strive to build the beloved community. And, indeed, others still avoid such things, while cherishing Jesus as a balm.
The question remains as pressing as when Jesus first asked it: Who do you say that I am?
To explore the radical implications of what Jesus did and who Jesus is, one person will receive nine books, each exploring the life and work of Jesus.
The Black Christ by Kelly Brown Douglas
The Gospel in Solentiname by Ernesto Cardenal
The Four Vision Quests of Jesus by Steven Charleston
The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James H. Cone
Binding the Strongman by Ched Myers
Jesus Before Christianity by Albert Nolan
Jesus: Miriam's Child, Sophia's Prophet by Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza
Creative Disobedience by Dorothee Sölle
Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman