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The Wisdom of Jesus

eBook|Jul 2014
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How would the image of Jesus appear if it were based only on sayings that scholars generally agreed originated with Jesus? And how would the wisdom of Jesus reflected in those few sayings compare to the wisdom of the sages...


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How would the image of Jesus appear if it were based only on sayings that scholars generally agreed originated with Jesus? And how would the wisdom of Jesus reflected in those few sayings compare to the wisdom of the sages of ancient Israel and the apostles of the early first-century church? To answer such questions historians face serious difficulties. Everything we know about Jesus comes from what later writers thought about him; none of the things they claimed he said came directly from him. "Everything in the early Christian gospels is either derived from historical memory, or is borrowed, or invented," Hedrick claims. Even those few sayings receiving near-universal agreement from historians as sayings of Jesus can only be affirmed as probable rather than certain. The aim of this study is to allow Jesus to speak for himself directly to readers, as nearly as possible in his own words without the theological explanations of his interpreters. The resulting image of Jesus that emerges is a complex picture of a first-century lower-class man who was not religious in a traditional sense. His discourse was the language of the secular world and addressed issues of common life.
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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 461012
  • Product Code 9781630877040
  • ISBN 1630877042
  • EAN 9781630877040
  • Department Academic
  • Category Theology
  • Sub-Category Christology
  • Publisher Cascade Books
  • Publication Date Jul 2014
  • DRM Adobe
  • Printable No
  • Size 1.81 MB (EPUB)

Charles Hedrick

Charles W. Hedrick Jr is Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is the author of "History and Silence" (2000) and the "Decrees of the Demotionidai" (1990), and the co-editor of "Demokratia" (1996) and "The Birth of Democracy" (1993).