Jesus and the Forgiveness of Sins

Jesus and the Forgiveness of Sins : An Aspect of his Prophetic Mission

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The Gospels record that Jesus purported to forgive sins. What significance would such a claim have had for his contemporaries and what would the implications have been for his identity as a first-century popular prophet? Tobias Hagerland answers these questions and more as he investigates the forgiveness of sins in the mission of the historical Jesus. The Gospels are interpreted within the context of first-century Judaism as part of a broader reconstruction of Jesus' career as a healer and prophet, and rhetorical criticism is introduced as a tool for explaining how the gospel tradition about Jesus and forgiveness developed. Hagerland combines detailed exegesis and rigorous methodology with a holistic view of the historical Jesus, evaluating recent scholarship about first-century Jewish prophets and utilizing previously neglected textual evidence to present a thorough investigation of the theology of forgiveness in early Judaism and primitive Christianity.
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  • Electronic book text | 328 pages
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 4 tables
  • 1139181068
  • 9781139181068

About Tobias Hagerland

Tobias Hagerland is a teacher of New Testament exegesis, theology and hermeneutics at Lund University, Sweden. He has published articles in journals such as the Journal for the Study of the New Testament, New Testament Studies and The Catholic Biblical Quarterly.
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'[Jesus and the Forgiveness of Sins] is excellent at collecting data and interacting with past scholarship and has the potential to gain credence in historical Jesus scholarship in this regard.' Beniamin Pascut, Religious Studies Review '... this is an interesting thesis, which present[s] a well structured cumulative argument.' The Expository Times 'This is an exemplary piece of work, a rich resource for discussion, and a well-argued thesis that deserves respect as a fine contribution to historical Jesus research.' William R. G. Loader, Review of Biblical Literature 'I believe that this book will be extremely valuable for both ardent biblical scholars and other enquiring theologians with an interest in Christology and soteriology. It is well written, superbly structured, and a valuable scholarly contribution to the field.' Dion Forster, Review of Biblical Literature
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Table of contents

1. Introduction; 2. Forgiveness in the gospel tradition; 3. Forgiveness and primitive Christian theology; 4. Mediators of forgiveness in early Judaism; 5. Forgiveness in the mission of the historical Jesus; 6. Forgiveness from Jesus to the Gospels; 7. Conclusion.
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