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Is This Not The Carpenter?: The Question of the Historicity of the Figure of Jesus (Copenhagen International Seminar)


Is This Not The Carpenter?: The Question of the Historicity of the Figure of Jesus (Copenhagen International Seminar)

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    Thomas L. Thompson(Editor) Thomas S. Verenna(Editor)

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.

'An important example of what we need more of: serious scholarly examinations and debates on the historicity of Jesus and what methods to use in resolving it. It includes papers that for specialists are required reading on this topic.' --Richard Carrier, author of 'Proving History: Bayes's Theorem and the Quest for the Historical Jesus'.'Marks an important milestone in the debate concerning mythicism in New Testament scholarship.' --Thomas Bolin, St Norbert College, Wisconsin, USA'This volume contributes to a crucial development, namely moving historical investigation beyond the usual restrictions of the historical critical method, particularly beyond reliance on the theory of oral tradition, and bringing it into new terrain, especially that of literature.' --Thomas L. Brodie, Dominican Biblical Institute, Limerick

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  • By Mithra on 22 January 2013

    There seems to have been an explosion of interest in the myth hypothesis of Christian origins of late, of which this is the latest work I have read on the subject. The first thing to be said about this academically oriented collection of papers is that to appreciate many of them some knowledge of the subject matter is essential, without this the impact of the contributors', for the most part academics with the relevant qualifications, arguments cannot be fully appreciated, or, dare I suggest?, understood.This is a book for people with a serious interest in the arguments for the myth hypothesis, The contributors provide the all important scholarly references which point readers in the direction of additional source material, or further clarify points the writers are making, or the reasons why. I found it of value that these reference appear at the bottom of the pages rather than be grouped at the read or the papers or the book. A general index would have been of value, although there is an index of references and one of authors.Essentially, a book intended, I suspect, for hostile academics and one to be read thoughtfully in order to appreciate the impact of its arguments.

  • By Peter Marchant on 23 December 2015

    Some of the contributions are mediocre and don't really belong. The introduction and articles by the editors, Thompson and Verrena are good as is the chapter by Robert Price. Best of all is the final chapter 'Investigating early Christianity without Jesus' by K L Noll, and I am glad I bought the book on the strength of this alone.

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