1. The Curious Form of the Our Father 1
2. The Original Situation 13
3. The Surprising Address 23
4. The Gathering of the People of God 31
5. The Coming of God's Reign 43
6. The Realization of God's Plan 58
7. Forgiveness of Sins 75
8. Protection in the Time of Testing 85
9. Liberation from Evil 101
10. Desperate Cry and Confident Trust 105
11. A Paraphrase of the Our Father 108
References and Acknowledgments 113
Gerhard Lohfink was professor of New Testament exegesis at the University of Tubingen. Since 1986, he has lived and worked as a theologian for the Catholic Integrated Community. His many books include No Irrelevant Jesus, Jesus of Nazareth, Does God Need the Church?, Is This All There Is?, and The Our Father, all from Liturgical Press.
"I especially appreciate how Lohfink reveals the Jewishness of the
prayer. I'll continue to say these words in traditional form at
mass, and in times of personal prayer, but I understand them better
than ever before."Jon M. Sweeney, coauthor of Meister
Eckhart's Book of the Heart and editor of A Course in
Christian Mysticism by Thomas Merton
"The Our Father is our prayer taught by our Lord himself. Gerhard Lohfink has brought forward the most comprehensive interpretation from his vast and timely Biblical scholarship. I found this book to be an awakening.
"The Our Father is a deeper prayer than I have known. Lofink
teaches a practice of eschatology. This reign of God at-work-now is
most urgent in our times. This book is ideal for preachers and
teachers in our Church."Mary Margaret Funk, OSB, author of
Renouncing Violence: Practice from the Monastic Tradition
"Lucidly written and with maximum meaning in each comment, this is an outstanding prayerful study of the Our Father that is suitable to those who desire to submit themselves to the Father in spirit and truth, with Jesus as their guide in fellowship with the Church."Karl A. Schultz
"Even when I found myself in disagreement with a particular conclusion, I couldn't help but be impressed with the erudition, balance, and theological depth that Lohfink brought to whatever topic was under consideration. Considering Lohfink's decision to leave a prestigious academic position and join the Catholic Integrated Community, he strikes me as the kind of thinker who seeks to take seriously the theological claims about which he writes. Readers who share this same commitment will benefit both devotionally and intellectually from a careful study of his work."Catholic Books Review
"This slim volume is a gem. Enthusiastically recommended to all those who would like to deeper their appreciation of the Old Testament roots of this prayer and to all who desire that their recitation of the Lord's Prayer be infused with fresh meaning."
"Because the Our Father has a central place in liturgy, especially the Eucharist and in the Divine Office and sacramentals, such as the rosary, this would be a worthwhile book to read and reflect on and deserves to be read widely."
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