Jesus, Criteria, and the Demise of Authenticity

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Chris Keith, Anthony Le Donne
A&C Black, Jun 28, 2012 - Religion - 256 pages
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Criteria of authenticity, whose roots go back to before the pioneering work of Albert Schweitzer, have become a unifying feature of the so-called Third Quest for the Historical Jesus, finding a prominent and common place in the research of otherwise differing scholars. More recently, however, scholars from different methodological frameworks have expressed discontent with this approach to the historical Jesus. In the past five years, these expressions of discontent have reached a fever pitch.

The internationally renowned authors of this book examine the nature of this new debate and present the findings in a cohesive way aimed directly at making the coalface of Historical Jesus research accessible to undergraduates and seminary students. The book s larger ramifications as a thorough end to the Third Quest will provide a pressure valve for thousands of scholars who view historical Jesus studies as outmoded and misguided. This book has the potential to guide Jesus studies beyond the Third Quest and demand to be consulted by any scholar who discards, adopts, or adapts historical criteria.
 

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Contents

AN INTRODUCTION TO THE CRUMBLING FOUNDATIONS OF JESUS RESEARCH Anthony Le Donne
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Part I HISTORICAL METHODOLOGY AND THE QUEST FOR AN AUTHENTIC JESUS
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Chapter 1 THE INDEBTEDNESS OF THE CRITERIA APPROACH TO FORM CRITICISM AND RECENT ATTEMPTS TO REHABILITATE THE ...
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Chapter 2 THE CRITERIA OF AUTHENTICITY IN JESUS RESEARCH AND HISTORIOGRAPHICAL METHOD Jens Schröter
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Part II SPECIFIC CRITERIA IN THE QUEST FOR AN AUTHENTIC JESUS
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AN AUTHENTICATING CRITERION IN JESUS RESEARCH? Loren T Stuckenbruck
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ITS DEVELOPMENT INEVITABILITY AND HISTORIOGRAPHICAL LIMITATIONS Anthony Le Donne
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HISTORY AND PLAUSIBILITY Dagmar Winter
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THE HISTORICAL JESUS AND THE QUESTION OF SOURCES Mark Goodacre
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Part III REFLECTIONS ON MOVING PAST TRADITIONAL JESUS RESEARCH
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Chapter 8 WHY THE AUTHENTIC JESUS IS OF NO USE FOR THE CHURCH Scot McKnight
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A HISTORY OF DISILLUSIONMENT Dale C Allison Jr
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CONCLUDING REMARKS Chris Keith
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Bibliography
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Index of References
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Index of Authors
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THE CRITERION OF EMBARRASSMENT AND THE FAILURE OF HISTORICAL AUTHENTICITY Rafael Rodríguez
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Anthony Le Donne (PhD, Durham University) is Assistant Professor of New Testament and Second Temple Judaism at Lincoln Christian University, Lincoln, Illinois. He is the author of The Historiographical Jesus: Memory, Typology, and the Son of David (Baylor University Press, 2009) and Historical Jesus: What Can We Know and How Can We Know It? (Eerdmans, 2010). Together with Jacob Neusner and Bruce Chilton he is co-editing Soundings in Jesus and His Religion (Fortress, forthcoming in 2011). His home on the web is anthonyledonne.com. ..Chris Keith (PhD, University of Edinburgh) is Assistant Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at Lincoln Christian University. He is the author of The Pericope Adulterae, the Gospel of John, and the Literacy of Jesus, a winner of the 2010 John Templeton Award for Theological Promise, and Jesus' Literacy: Scribal Culture and the Teacher from Galilee. He is also the co-editor of Jesus among Friends and Enemeis: A Historical and Literary Introducti