Teaching the Historical Jesus

Teaching the Historical Jesus.

Jesus The Jew No One Knows

Jesus The Jew No One Knows.

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Children in the Gospels

By Sharon Betsworth

Many stories about Jesus found in the Gospels are well-known and well-loved stories: the birth narratives, the call of Jesus’ disciples, the parables of the Good Samaritan and Prodigal Son, the story of the little man Zacchaeus, the Sermon on the Mount, and of course, many healing stories. Often overlooked among the stories in the Gospels, however, are those in which Jesus heals children or interacts with children in other ways. See complete essay

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

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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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