Teaching the Historical Jesus

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Jesus The Jew No One Knows

Jesus The Jew No One Knows.

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Holy of Holies at the Arad Temple. Photo from Bibleplaces.com


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Second Criticality—An Interdisciplinary Approach to the New Testament and its Contexts

By Paul N. Anderson

The Gospel of Mark describes the ministry and message of Jesus with a great sense of urgency. At the outset, Jesus declares: “Now is the time! Here comes God’s kingdom! Change your hearts and lives, and trust this good news!” (Mark 1:15). John the Baptist is presented as fulfilling the prophecy of Isaiah as “a voice shouting in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way for the Lord; make his paths straight’” (1:3), and when John’s ministry comes to an end, that of Jesus is launched (1:14). See complete essay


“Nostra Aetate” at 50 (Essay #2 of 2): The Impact of Lay Jews’ Independent Gospel Study

By Michael J. Cook

In January 1988, three lay Jews (non-experts in dialogue) independently sent me press clippings analyzing the Erasmus lecture program just held in Manhattan. One headline proclaimed: “Ratzinger—Modern Biblical Scholarship Dilutes Church Teaching.” Here Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, then prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (later Pope Benedict XVI), amiably “chided modern exegetes ... for inserting their presuppositions into their study of the scriptures,” adding that “some modern exegesis has ‘ceased being theology.’” See complete essay


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Once Again, the Power of Disconfirmation

By James Constantine Hanges

If I might be indulged for returning to my previous post about the implications of approaching Christian origins through the lens of disconfirmation. In my view, disconfirmation, the mother of cognitive dissonance, is one of the most powerfully creative forces in the histories of religions. The intellectual and emotional distress resulting from the disappointment of failed expectations shaped the final form of the Hebrew Bible. The delay of the parousia demanded a creative response from early Christian writers. See complete essay


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