Jesus of Nazareth
Dale Allison's clearly written Jesus of Nazareth will enable people who have followed recent discussions to vindicate and reclaim the central religious signficance of the historical Jesus. Allison makes a creative contribution to Jesus studies in several ways: -- He...
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Dale Allison's clearly written Jesus of Nazareth will enable people who have followed recent discussions to vindicate and reclaim the central religious signficance of the historical Jesus. Allison makes a creative contribution to Jesus studies in several ways: -- He offers new suggestions for establishing the authenticity of Jesus' words -- including what he calls "the index of intertextual linkage" -- and for the process of framing a convincing picture of the central thrust and purpose of the activity of Jesus.-- Referring to fascinating cross-cultural millenarian parallels, he shows that the impetus for the pre-Easter Jesus movement was apocalyptic in nature and that the historical Jesus can best be understood as an eschatological prophet.-- He presents the first full-length treatment of the question of Jesus and asceticism and shows that Jesus, far from the image suggested by some today, was driven by an apocalyptic asceticism that extended to matters of sex, food, and social relations.
The return of the apocalyptic Jesus! Echoing themes from Albert Schweitzer, Allison attacks the current "wise teacher" portraits, offers a full-length treatment of Jesus' asceticism, suggests ways to establish the "authenticity" of Jesus' words, and brings out a host of fascinating cross-cultural parallels.
Dale C. Allison Jr. (Ph.D., Duke University) is the Errett M. Grable Professor of New Testament Exegesis and Early Christianity at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. His recent books include Constructing Jesus: Memory, Imagination, and History; Resurrecting Jesus:The Earliest Christian Tradition and Its Interpreters; Studies in Matthew: Interpretation Past and Present; and The Historical Christ and the Theological Jesus. He is ;lso the author (with W. D. Davies) of the three-volume work on Matthew in the International Critical Commentary series, as well as the volume on James
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