Jesus: An Uncommon Journey : Studies on the Historical Jesus

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Mohr Siebeck, 2010 - Religion - 310 pages
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Approaching the historical Jesus is a fascinating task, one which is open to a large number of interpretations. It is difficult to reach a consensus on this, and both methodological insight and an exchange of scholarly ideas are required. New Testament writings are multifaceted, and this fact seems to preclude a closer understanding of the activities and identity of the Nazareth rabbi. However, Jesus' life may be seen as a jouney which reflects uncommon trends and a definite perspective: the relation between himself and God, the Father. This book explores difficult subjects which are not usually dealt with in the Third Quest, such as Jesus' birth and his family. Moreover, the reader will find other key issues which are crucial for research on the historical Jesus, such as his baptism, the question of whether or not he was a mystic and the traditions he initiated.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Shaping of Oral Tradition in the PreEaster Period
13
Elements of Oral Tradition with a High Degree of Certainty
19
Elements of Oral Tradition with a Fair Degree of Certainty
26
Conclusion
40
The Search for the Historical Jesus
44
The Connection between History and Faith
57
The Birth of Jesus
63
Conclusion
162
Conclusions
176
The Rejection of Violence as Behaviour
183
The Rejection of Violence as the Teaching of Jesus
204
Conclusion
216
The Signs of the Reign that Had Begun
231
Jesus and the Kingdom of God
241
The Desire for God
250

A Roman Census Decreed by Augustus?
70
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86
The Reasons for Josephs and Marys Journey to Bethlehem
94
The Stay of Joseph and Mary in Bethlehem after the Birth of Jesus
103
The Davidic Line of Jesus
112
Interpretation of the Expression the Brothers of Jesus
121
Why Was Jesus Baptized by John?
143
Jesus Baptized by John
153
Sin and Guilt
259
Two Visions and a Transfiguration
273
Conclusions
283
Index of Ancient Sources
306
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