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Bibil Identifier bibil:205517
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Review Article: Seeking the Identity of Jesus
Author Bauckham, Richard
Author Riches, John K.
Author Gaventa, Beverly Roberts
Author Hays, Richard B.
Journal Journal for the Study of the New Testament (Volume: 32, Issue: 3)
Reviewed book Seeking the Identity of Jesus
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Year (Second publication) 2010
Language English
Pages 337-370 Pages
Genre Original
Notes Trois articles de recension.
Abstract Seeking the Identity of Jesus offers a fresh and illuminating series of contributions, united by a shared resistance to the reduction of Jesus’ identity in current reconstructions of ‘the historical Jesus’. However, questions can be asked about its approaches to history and memory, while any sustained reflection on the meaning of ‘identity’ is surprisingly absent. The volume also fails to address the need for Christian faith somehow to transcend the diversity of presentations of Jesus in the canon and to form a unified understanding of the identity of Jesus. || Seeking the Identity of Jesus seeks to look at Jesus through ecclesial and theological lenses and to be responsive to the very different presentations of Jesus’ identity in the canonical Gospels. This raises questions about how far some of the aspects of Jesus to be found in the Gospels can be accommodated within an ecclesial view and how selective scholars in this volume are in the aspects of Jesus on which they focus. Jesus’ activity as an exorcist, noted in some at least of the essays, is not easily accommodated within many ecclesial perspectives. The considerable attention given to Jesus’ thoroughgoing Jewishness in recent scholarship stands in sharp contrast to much traditional church teaching about Jesus. It is also notable that this book is very much a European/North American pilgrimage, which may be reflected in the paucity of attention given to Jesus’ concern for the poor. || Bauckham’s response, while focusing on the historical dimensions of Jesus, is right to raise the question of the meaning of ‘identity’. It perhaps invests too much confidence, however, in memory and recollection. Riches’ thoughtful unpacking of some of the tensions in the volume nevertheless downplays the apocalyptic and the narrative contours of Paul’s thought. While Riches’ call for a wider global view might offer fresh perspectives on the situation of poverty in Jesus’ own context, it would hardly enable us to relativize the demonic realm. Seeking the Identity of Jesus calls for an epistemological approach that recognizes not only ‘the historical nature of theological truth’ (Riches) but also the theological nature of historical truth.
DOI 10.1177/0142064X09357679 || 10.1177/0142064X09357678 || 10.1177/0142064X09357680
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Jesus : Historical Jesus
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Lord (Christological Title)
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Jesus
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Poor
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Exorcism
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Apocalyptic
Genres Review Article
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