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The Prophet Jesus and the Renewal of Israel: Moving Beyond a Divisionary Debate, written by Horsley, Richard

The Prophet Jesus and the Renewal of Israel: Moving Beyond a Divisionary Debate, written by... (Grand Rapids; Cambridge: Eerdmans, 2012), vi + 161 pp. isbn 9780802868077. $20.00. Pbk.Those familiar with the work of Richard Horsley will find few surprises in this little book on the historical Jesus. The study argues that the well known description of an apocalyptic or eschatological Jesus—especially as found in the work of Albert Schweitzer, Rudolf Bultmann and Dale Allison—misreads the gospels and much else besides. Indeed, Horsley calls the whole thing ‘a construct of modern scholars’ (p. 54). He attempts to put in its place a Jesus who worked for the renewal of Israel and protested social and economic exploitation of the poor by the ruling classes.In Part 1 of the study (Chapters 1–5) Horsley attempts to dismantle what he calls the ‘apocalyptic scenario’ (that is, the sequence of events to precede and inaugurate the end of days). His critique is basically threefold. First, he argues that critics problematically assume the existence of an ‘apocalyptic scenario’ and then extract bits and pieces of the gospels (sayings, individual deeds, etc.) from their narrative contexts to confirm it; second, that proponents of the apocalyptic scenario, as well as the critics of this view (such as Crossan and the Jesus Seminar), misunderstand the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus Brill

The Prophet Jesus and the Renewal of Israel: Moving Beyond a Divisionary Debate, written by Horsley, Richard

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1476-8690
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1745-5197
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(Grand Rapids; Cambridge: Eerdmans, 2012), vi + 161 pp. isbn 9780802868077. $20.00. Pbk.Those familiar with the work of Richard Horsley will find few surprises in this little book on the historical Jesus. The study argues that the well known description of an apocalyptic or eschatological Jesus—especially as found in the work of Albert Schweitzer, Rudolf Bultmann and Dale Allison—misreads the gospels and much else besides. Indeed, Horsley calls the whole thing ‘a construct of modern scholars’ (p. 54). He attempts to put in its place a Jesus who worked for the renewal of Israel and protested social and economic exploitation of the poor by the ruling classes.In Part 1 of the study (Chapters 1–5) Horsley attempts to dismantle what he calls the ‘apocalyptic scenario’ (that is, the sequence of events to precede and inaugurate the end of days). His critique is basically threefold. First, he argues that critics problematically assume the existence of an ‘apocalyptic scenario’ and then extract bits and pieces of the gospels (sayings, individual deeds, etc.) from their narrative contexts to confirm it; second, that proponents of the apocalyptic scenario, as well as the critics of this view (such as Crossan and the Jesus Seminar), misunderstand the

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Journal for the Study of the Historical JesusBrill

Published: Apr 4, 2016

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