Jesus Justice And The Reign Of God / Edition 1

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By building on his view of Jesus first developed in Parables as Subversive Speech, William Herzog II argues that Jesus is intensely interested in the social, political, and economic well-being of humanity. He examines the conflict stories, exorcisms/healings, and the passion narrative to develop his thesis and, in the final chapter, he interprets the resurrection in light of this viewpoint.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664256760
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1999
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction xi
Abbreviations xiv
Part 1. The Continuing Quest for the Historical Jesus
1. The "Third Quest" in Context 3
1906: The Quest for the Historical Jesus and the Discovery of the Apocalyptic Jesus 4
1906-1953: The Abandoned Quest for the Historical Jesus and the Search for the Kerygma of the Early Church 8
1953-1970: The New Quest for the Historical Jesus and the Discovery of the Existentialist Jesus 12
1970-Present: The Third Quest for the Historical Jesus, Diverse Methods, and a Fragmented Synthesis 18
Conclusion 33
2. Models and Methods in the Quest for the Historical Jesus 34
The Jesus of the Gaps 34
The Search for Criteria and Method 36
A Part of the Whole Jesus 42
The Rejection of the Misguided Quest 44
Conclusion: The Necessity of the Continuing Quest 46
3. Prophet of the Justice of the Reign of God: An Approach to the Historical Jesus 47
Jesus as a Prophet in the Gospels 47
Prophets in the Sayings of Jesus and the Gospel Traditions 49
Types of Prophets in the Second Temple Era and Time of Jesus 51
Israel's Prophetic Tradition in Historical Perspective 60
Jesus as Prophet of the Justice of the Reign of God 63
Conclusion 70
Part 2. Jesus of Nazareth: A Contextual Approach
4. The Search for a Usable Context: Biblical Criticism and the Historical Jesus 72
The Problem of Defining Context 72
Form Criticism and the "Setting in Life" 73
Redaction Criticism and the Context of the Evangelist 80
Literary Criticisms and Narrative Worlds 83
The Use of the Social Sciences and the Question of Context 86
Conclusion 89
5. The Quest for the Historical Jesus and the Quest for the Historical Galilee: Jesus in the World of Agrarian Societies, Aristocratic Empires, and Colonized Peoples 90
Advanced Agrarian Societies and Aristocratic Empires 90
The Two Faces of Colonial Occupation: Local Aristocracies and Client Kingship 102
Part 3. Jesus the Prophet and the Praxis of the Justice of the Reign of God: Conflicts in Context
6. "Something Greater than the Temple Is Here": Subverting the "Cave of Social Bandits" 111
A Reading of the Temple Incident 111
The Role of the Temple in Agrarian Societies and Aristocratic Empires: Legitimizing the Powers That Be 112
Jesus and the Temple 123
Conclusion 143
7. "What Is Written? How Do You Read?" The Torah: Debt, Purity, and Social Control 144
The Quest for the Historical Synagogue 144
Who Were the Pharisees? 147
The Great Tradition and the Little Tradition 149
Jesus and the Torah 155
8. Resistance and Conflict: Jesus' Healings and Debates 168
"The Weightier Matters of the Torah" (Matt. 23:23) 168
Conclusion 190
9. The Temple, the Land, and the Reign of God 191
The Land and the Temple: An Indissoluble Bond? 191
Conclusion 216
Part 4. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem: The "Show Trial" in Jerusalem
10. The "Show Trial" in Jerusalem: "Why? What Evil Has He Done?" 218
The Rap Sheet on Jesus 218
The Show Trial in Jerusalem 240
Conclusion 245
11. A Concluding Unhistorical Postscript 247
Why Seek the Living among the Dead? 247
Jesus and Christology 251
Conclusion 255
Notes 257
Bibliography 291
Index of Scripture and Other Ancient Sources 311
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