Historical Jesus research, Jewish or Christian, is marked by the search for origins and authenticity. The various Quests for the Historical Jesus contributed to a crisis of identity within Western Christianity. The result was a move “back to the Jewish roots!” For Jewish scholars it was a means to position Jewry within a dominantly Christian culture. As a consequence, Jews now feel more at ease to relate to Jesus as a Jew.For Walter Homolka the Christian challenge now is to formulate a new Christology: between a Christian exclusivism that denies the universality of God, and a pluralism that endangers the specificity of the Christian understanding of God and the uniqueness of religious traditions, including that of Christianity.
Table of ContentsContentsPrefaceIntroduction1 Historical Jesus Research: A Reception HistoryThe Modern Quest of a Historical Jesus as a Quest for His ReceptionThe Development of Reception History as a ToolReception History: Global DimensionsReception History as a Secularization of the Interpretation of ScriptureReception Theory in Relation to the Jewish QuestCreating Space: The Emergence of New Hermeneutical and Methodological Paradigms2 The Jewish Jesus Quest and the Wissenschaft des JudentumsThe Pre-Enlightenment Jewish JesusThe Emergence of the Wissenschaft des JudentumsThe Wissenschaft des Judentums and the Historical JesusThe Wissenschaft des Judentums and the Concept of a Personal MessiahThe Legacy of the Wissenschaft des Judentums3 Reclaimed or Reclaiming? Recent Jewish Approaches to Jesus’s WirkungsgeschichteJewish Jesus Research: Where to Draw the Line?My Previous ContributionGéza Vermès: Concluding the Classical Era of Jewish Jesus Research?Diversity in the Reception History of the Jewish JesusThe Jewish Jesus in LiteratureRecent Jewish Approaches to JesusThe Contribution of Archaeology to Historical Jesus Studies 4 Jewish Quests and Christian ProblemsThe Jewish Quest of the Historical Jesus: In Search for Equality and AcceptanceThe Historical Jesus: Challenges to Jewish-Christian DialogueThe Myth of the Judeo-Christian WestJesus the Jew: Implications for Future Christian TheologyBack to the Roots? The Value of Christian HellenismJewish Jesus Research: Paving the Way for Common GroundConclusion: Implications and Future PerspectivesBibliographyIndex