By Bruce D Chilton

This quantity stories the factors, assumptions, and techniques serious about serious Jesus study. Its function is to elucidate the systems essential to distinguish culture that stems from Jesus from culture and interpretation that stem from later tradents and evangelists. This booklet has additionally been released in paperback, please click on right here for information.

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Jesus was an itinerant teacher in Galilee. 2. Jesus practiced prayer in seclusion. 3. Jesus preached in the synagogues of Galilee. 53 See M. Hengel, Crucifixion in the Ancient World and the Folly of the Message of the Cross (Philadelphia: Fortress, 1977) 1-10; idem, "Christological Titles in Early Christianity," in J. H. , The Messiah: Developments in Earliest Judaism and Christianity (Minneapolis: Fortress, 1992) 425-48, esp. 425-30. 54 I have argued in Word and Glory: On the Exegetical and Theological Background of John's Prologue (JSNTSup 89; Sheffield: JSOT Press, 1993) 172-84 that this is precisely what the fourth evangelist has attempted to do, in his use of scriptural testimonies.

This a priori logic is supported by the evidence that the passing on of tradition was part of church founding from the first. g. 1 Cor 11:2; 15:1-3; Phil 4:9; Col 2:6-7; 1 Thess 4:1; 2 Thess 2:15; 3:6). It is true that the lack of explicit reference to Jesus tradition within the Pauline letters appears to point in the opposite direction. But, as I have argued elsewhere, there are a fair number of allusions to Jesus' teaching and behaviour in Paul's letters, and, more to the point, allusions are just what we would expect when 18 For early critique, see M.

Critical research of the life and teaching of Jesus should take into account this framework, or provide compelling reasons for why Jesus should be interpreted outside of it. The essays that make up the balance of the present volume are devoted to these issues and operate from assumptions that are for the most part illustrative of the general overview taken here. We hope to bring to the fore the more convincing parts of the Third Quest, while criticizing dubious assumptions and implausible conclusions.

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