The historicity of Jesus is now widely accepted and hardly questioned by most scholars. But this assumption disarms biblical texts of much of their power by privileging an historical interpretation which effectively sweeps aside much theological speculation and allusion. Furthermore, the assumption of historicity gathers further assumptions to it, shaping the interpretation of texts, both denying and adding subtext. Scholars are now faced with an endless array of works on the historical Jesus and few question what has been lost through this wide-spread assumption of historicity. Is This Not the Carpenter? presents a very valuable corrective: a literary rereading of the New Testament.
About the Author
Thomas L. Thompson is Professor emeritus, University of Copenhagen.
Thomas S. Verenna is an independent researcher and student at Rutgers University.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Thomas L. Thompson and Thomas Verenna Into the Well of Historical Jesus Scholarship 1. Jim West (Quartz Hill School of Theology) - A Very, Very Short Introduction to Minimalism 2. Roland Boer (University of Newcastle) - The German Pestilence: Re-assessing Feuerbach, Strauss and Bauer 3. Lester L. Grabbe (University of Hull) - "Jesus Who is Called Christ": References to Jesus Outside Christian Sources 4. Niels Peter Lemche (University of Copenhagen) - The Grand Inquisitor and Christ: Why the Church Doesn't Want Jesus 5 Emanuel Pfoh (National University of La Plata) - Jesus and the Mythic Mind: An Epistemological Problem Paul and Early Christianity: Historical and Exegetical Investigations 6 Robert M. Price (Johnnie Colemon Theological Seminary) - Does the Christ Myth Theory Require an Early Date for the Pauline Epistles? 7. Mogens Muller (University of Copenhagen) - Paul: The Oldest Witness to the Historical Jesus 8. Thomas S. Verenna - Born Under the Law: Intertextuality and the Question of the Historicity of the Figure of Jesus in Paul's Epistles The Rewritten Bible and the Life of Jesus 9. James Crossley (University of Sheffield) - Can John's Gospel Really Be Used to Reconstruct a Life of Jesus? An Assessment of Recent Trends and a Defence of a Traditional View 10. Thomas L. Thompson - Psalm 72 and Mark 1:12-13: Mythic Evocation in Narratives of the Good King 11. Ingrid Hjelm (University of Copenhagen) "Who is my Neighbor?" Implicit Use of Old Testament Stories and Motifs in Luke's Gospel 12. Joshua Sabih (University of Copenhagen) - Born Isa and Baptized Jesus: The Quranic Narratives about Isa 13. K. L. Noll (Brandon University) - Investigating Earliest Christianity Without Jesus