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

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

Hardback Copenhagen International Seminar

Edited by Thomas L. Thompson, Edited by Thomas S. Verenna

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  • Publisher: Equinox Publishing Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 162mm x 236mm x 26mm | 540g
  • Publication date: 25 September 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Sheffield
  • ISBN 10: 1845539869
  • ISBN 13: 9781845539863
  • Edition statement: New ed.
  • Sales rank: 813,222

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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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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

Table of contents

Introduction: Thomas L. Thompson and Thomas Verenna Into the Well of Historical Jesus Scholarship 1. Jim West (Quartz Hill School of Theology) - A Very, Very Short Introduction to Minimalism 2. Roland Boer (University of Newcastle) - The German Pestilence: Re-assessing Feuerbach, Strauss and Bauer 3. Lester L. Grabbe (University of Hull) - "Jesus Who is Called Christ": References to Jesus Outside Christian Sources 4. Niels Peter Lemche (University of Copenhagen) - The Grand Inquisitor and Christ: Why the Church Doesn't Want Jesus 5 Emanuel Pfoh (National University of La Plata) - Jesus and the Mythic Mind: An Epistemological Problem Paul and Early Christianity: Historical and Exegetical Investigations 6 Robert M. Price (Johnnie Colemon Theological Seminary) - Does the Christ Myth Theory Require an Early Date for the Pauline Epistles? 7. Mogens Muller (University of Copenhagen) - Paul: The Oldest Witness to the Historical Jesus 8. Thomas S. Verenna - Born Under the Law: Intertextuality and the Question of the Historicity of the Figure of Jesus in Paul's Epistles The Rewritten Bible and the Life of Jesus 9. James Crossley (University of Sheffield) - Can John's Gospel Really Be Used to Reconstruct a Life of Jesus? An Assessment of Recent Trends and a Defence of a Traditional View 10. Thomas L. Thompson - Psalm 72 and Mark 1:12-13: Mythic Evocation in Narratives of the Good King 11. Ingrid Hjelm (University of Copenhagen) "Who is my Neighbor?" Implicit Use of Old Testament Stories and Motifs in Luke's Gospel 12. Joshua Sabih (University of Copenhagen) - Born Isa and Baptized Jesus: The Quranic Narratives about Isa 13. K. L. Noll (Brandon University) - Investigating Earliest Christianity Without Jesus