Jesus: An Uncommon Journey : Studies on the Historical Jesus

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Mohr Siebeck, 2010 - Religion - 310 pages
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 Signs of the Reign that Had Begun
3
The Shaping of Oral Tradition in the PreEaster Period
13
Elements of Oral Tradition with a High Degree of Certainty
19
Conclusion
25
Elements of Oral Tradition with a Fair Degree of Certainty
26
his identity And yet since the very beginning of Christian history
44
The Connection between History and Faith
57
Conclusions
176
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The Rejection of Violence as Behaviour
183
The Rejection of Violence as the Teaching of Jesus
204
Was Jesus a Mystic?
245
Sin and Guilt
259
Conclusion
262
Two Visions and a Transfiguration
273

The Birth of Jesus
63
A Roman Census Decreed by Augustus?
70
Conclusion
75
The Decree of Herods Census in the Time of Augustus
89
The Stay of Joseph and Mary in Bethlehem after the Birth of Jesus
103
The Davidic Line of Jesus
109
Interpretation of the Expression the Brothers of Jesus
121
The Period after the Birth of Jesus in the Canonical Gospels
136
Jesus and the Commandment Not to Steal
163

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