Is This Not the Carpenter?

Is This Not the Carpenter? : The Question of the Historicity of the Figure of Jesus


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The historicity of Jesus is now widely accepted and hardly questioned by most scholars. But this assumption disarms biblical texts of much of their power by privileging an historical interpretation which effectively sweeps aside much theological speculation and allusion. Furthermore, the assumption of historicity gathers further assumptions to it, shaping the interpretation of texts, both denying and adding subtext. Scholars are now faced with an endless array of works on the historical Jesus and few question what has been lost through this wide-spread assumption of historicity. Is This Not the Carpenter? presents a very valuable corrective: a literary rereading of the New Testament.

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  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 162 x 236 x 26mm | 539.77g
  • 25 Sep 2012
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Equinox Publishing Ltd
  • Sheffield
  • English
  • New ed.
  • 1845539869
  • 9781845539863
  • 852,534

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Thomas L. Thompson is Professor emeritus, University of Copenhagen. Thomas S. Verenna is an independent researcher and student at Rutgers University.

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'Is This Not the Carpenter? is an important example of what we need more of: serious scholarly examinations and debates on the historicity of Jesus and what methods to use in resolving it. It includes papers that for specialists are required reading on this topic.' Richard Carrier, author of Sense and Goodness without God, Proving History, and Not the Impossible Faith

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