Teaching the Historical Jesus

Teaching the Historical Jesus.

Jesus The Jew No One Knows

Jesus The Jew No One Knows.

View of Macherus from southeast.
The Fortress of Machaerus.

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Mythicism and the Making of Mark

By James F. McGrath

Scholars of the New Testament typically view allegorical interpretation of the texts they study with disdain. There is a long history of Christians engaging first in allegorical interpretation of the Jewish Scriptures, and then later, applying the same approach to their own Christian sacred texts. Allegory is notorious for reading things into the text that simply aren’t there, things that are exceedingly unlikely to have been in view for the authors and their earliest readers. See complete essay

Although de Vaux Was a Divine, He Was Not Infallible

By David Stacey

A summary of the changing interpretations of the archaeologists involved in the excavations at Qumran in the 1950’s, and the alacrity with which the Qumran-Essene hypothesis became an ‘incontrovertible fact’, can be found in the opening chapter of a book published twenty years ago (Golb 1995) - see e.g. ‘they had committed themselves deeply to this interpretation almost at the very outset of their investigation and would cling to it tenaciously’ (ibid: 18). See complete essay

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The Before and Afterlife of “Manifest Destiny”: Colonizing Jesus, Judaism, and Native America

By Simon J. Joseph

In recent years, biblical scholarship has increasingly come to be influenced by postcolonial studies, an approach that looks at issues of empire and colonial power. Like postmodernist readings which emphasize “other” voices, particularly those of marginalized and oppressed peoples, postcolonial and ideological criticism illustrate and underscore how social location and politics inform every interpretation of text and/or history. See complete essay

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