The Charismatic Leader and His Followers

Overview

Taking as his starting-point Jesus' saying in Mt.8.22 'Let the dead bury the dead' Professor Hengel subjects Jesus' discipleship sayings to a rigorous historical scrutiny. The sharp break with contemporary Jewish mores in Mt.8.22 leads Hengel to a consideration of other contemporary forms of discipleship, Cynic, Rabbinic and Zealot. Rejecting the view that Jesus was some kind of 'Rabbi' Hengel argues that there are, despite the obvious fundamental differences, closer similarities between Jesus and the ...
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Overview

Taking as his starting-point Jesus' saying in Mt.8.22 'Let the dead bury the dead' Professor Hengel subjects Jesus' discipleship sayings to a rigorous historical scrutiny. The sharp break with contemporary Jewish mores in Mt.8.22 leads Hengel to a consideration of other contemporary forms of discipleship, Cynic, Rabbinic and Zealot. Rejecting the view that Jesus was some kind of 'Rabbi' Hengel argues that there are, despite the obvious fundamental differences, closer similarities between Jesus and the charismatic-prophetic leaders of the Maccabean-Zealot tradition. Both his call to leave all and go after him, and his freedom and authority over against the Law, place him closer to the Zealots than to the Scribes and their disciples whose relationship was foremost that of teacher and pupil. Professor Hengel gives a remarkable series of historical insights into the character of Jesus' ministry and his work with his disciples.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597520775
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 120

Meet the Author

Martin Hengel is Professor Emeritus of New Testament and Early Judaism at the University of Tuebingen, Germany. He is the author of many books including 'Victory Over Violence & Was Jesus a Revolutionist?,' 'Between Jesus and Paul, Judaism and Hellenism,' 'Studies in the Gospel of Mark,' and 'The Hellenization of Judea in the First Century After Christ.' Hengel's most recent books include 'Paul Between Damascus and Antioch' (coauthored with Anna Maria Schwemer) and 'The Four Gospels and the One Gospel of Jesus Christ.'

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Table of Contents

Preface (1996)
Preface
Introduction 1
I On the Exegesis of Mt 8.21-22: 'Let the dead bury their dead' 3
II Considerations from Religionsgeschichte relating to the charismatic and eschatological background of following Jesus 16
III The charismatic and eschatological distinctiveness of Jesus' call to follow him 38
IV Conclusion 84
List of Abbreviations 89
English translations of German works referred to in the footnotes 93
Indexes 95
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