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Bibil Identifier bibil:214038
Publication Type Book
Title (English, Long) The Flesh Was Made Word
Title (English, ) A Metahistorical Critique of the Contemporary Quest of the Historical Jesus
Author Graham, Susan Lochrie
Series New Testament Monographs (Volume: 27)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Signature -
Publishing house Sheffield Phoenix Press
Place Sheffield
ISBN 978-1-906055-96-7
Edition number 1
Language English
Pages x Pages
196 Pages
height in cm 24
Genre Original
Abstract The ‘historical Jesus’ still remains elusive. Who was Jesus? What really happened? How can we know for sure? The latest quest for the truth about him comes at a time marked by radical uncertainty and postmodern scepticism about master narratives, along with a loss of confidence in the traditional methods of historical analysis. In this context, Susan Lochrie Graham approaches the old debates from an entirely new direction. Armed with a ‘metahistorical’ approach adapted from the work of Hayden White, the philosopher of history, she reads the work of four representative historical Jesus writers: John P. Meier, N.T. Wright, Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza and John Dominic Crossan. The analysis brings to light the deep literary structures of their portraits, showing the differing plots and rhetorical concepts that shape them, and the types of argument that are deployed by each writer. This ground-breaking critical investigation exposes the theological and cultural meanings embedded in all historical Jesus writing, showing how narrative forms function ideologically. It concludes with fresh answers to questions both about the methods we use and about the social implications of the contemporary quest of the historical Jesus, and proposes different directions for future research.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Jesus : Historical Jesus
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