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Bibil Identifier bibil:212698
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Beyond Schweitzer and the Psychiatrists
Title (English, ) Jesus as Fictive Personality
Author Capps, Donald
Journal HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies (Volume: 59, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2003
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2003
Year (Copyright) 2003
Year (Reference) 2003
Language English
Pages 621-662 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Albert Schweitzer and the psychiatric studies of Jesus that he critiqued in 1913 shared the belief that Jesus identified himself as the coming Messiah. Unlike the psychiatrists, however, Schweitzer did not therefore judge Jesus to have been delusional. This article concurs with Schweitzer on the grounds that “ideas of reference” were a common feature of the religious milieu in which Jesus lived. It introduces the psychoanalytic concept of the “fictive personality” as relevant to Jesus’ identification of himself as the coming Messiah. In contrast to delusional theories, this concept emphasizes the positive uses of such identifications, especially as a means of self-empowerment.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : History of Interpretation and Reception : Important Persons : 20th century : Schweitzer, Albert
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Jesus : Historical Jesus
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