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Bibil Identifier bibil:219699
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Writing about the Historical Jesus: Historical Explanation and 'the Big Why Questions', or Antiquarian Empiricism and Victorian Tomes?
Author Crossley, James G.
Journal Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus (Volume: 7, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2009
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2009
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Reference) 2009
Language English
Pages 63-90 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article points out that lives of Jesus have been dominated by individualism, fact-finding, exegesis and description. This stands in contrast to the ways in which historical reconstruction has been practised in other disciplines in the humanities and in contrast to the ways in which some biographers and historians see the role of the individual in historical change. Even when there have been attempts to use the social sciences in historical Jesus studies, if the result is not merely descriptive and exegetical, then the reception of such approaches in scholarship still tends to focus on the individual reconstructed rather than on potential methodological developments relating to historical change. This article will suggest ways in which the individual and descriptive emphases can be complemented by wider ranging socio-historical reconstructions designed to explain historical change, or, more generally, how we get from Jesus to Christian origins.
DOI 10.1163/174551909X376832
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Jesus : Comprehensive Studies
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Jesus : Historical Jesus : Lives of Jesus
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : England
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