"This book owes its title -- 'Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time' -- and much of its content to a series of lectures I delivered at the annual meeting of the Northern California Conference of the United Church of Christ as Asilomar, California, in May 1992. .... I am a both a secular Jesus scholar and a Christian. The Asilomar lectures (and this book) flowed out of bringing these two worlds together. This book is the product of thinking and talking about Jesus in the secular contexts of a state university and the professional academy, and of thinking and talking about Jesus in the Christian context of the church and my own life journey". -- Preface.
Contents: Preface -- Meeting Jesus Again -- What Manner of Man ? The Pre-Easter Jesus -- Jesus, Compassion and Politics -- Jesus and Wisdom Teacher of Alternative Wisdom -- Jesus, the Wisdom of God: Sophia Becomes Flesh -- Images of Jesus and Images of the Christian Life -- Index.