Concordia Theological Monthly
temptation, church, ministry, jew, kerygmatic, tempter, devil
Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep
This brief essay purposes to examine the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness, not so much the problems1which this narrative poses for the area of dogmatics we call Christology (though these are considerable), but the way the story highlights some of the most profound temptations to which the Church and its ministers are subject. For in the three questions which the devil put to Jesus, as Dostoevsky observed, "the whole subsequent history of mankind is, as it were, brought together into one whole, and in them are united all the unresolved historical contradictions of human nature."
Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)
Laity; Ministers; Scholars
Pelikan, Jaroslav J. Jr.
"The Temptation of the Church: A Study of Matt. 4:1-11,"
Concordia Theological Monthly: Vol. 22, Article 22.
Available at: https://scholar.csl.edu/ctm/vol22/iss1/22