Beyond the Quest for the Historical Jesus : A Memoir of a Discovery

Beyond the Quest for the Historical Jesus A Memoir of a Discovery In the past forty years while historical critical studies were seeking with renewed intensity to reconstruct events behind the biblical texts not least the life of Jesus two branches of literary st

  • Title: Beyond the Quest for the Historical Jesus : A Memoir of a Discovery
  • Author: Thomas L. Brodie
  • ISBN: 9781907534584
  • Page: 443
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the past forty years, while historical critical studies were seeking with renewed intensity to reconstruct events behind the biblical texts, not least the life of Jesus, two branches of literary studies were finally reaching maturity First, researchers were recognizing that many biblical texts are rewritings or transformations of older texts that still exist, thus giviIn the past forty years, while historical critical studies were seeking with renewed intensity to reconstruct events behind the biblical texts, not least the life of Jesus, two branches of literary studies were finally reaching maturity First, researchers were recognizing that many biblical texts are rewritings or transformations of older texts that still exist, thus giving a clearer sense of where the biblical texts came from and second, studies in the ancient art of composition clarified the biblical texts unity and purpose, that is to say, where biblical texts were headed The primary literary model behind the gospels, Brodie argues, is the biblical account of Elijah and Elisha, as R.E Brown already saw in 1971 In this fascinating memoir of his life journey, Tom Brodie, Irishman, Dominican priest, and biblical scholar, recounts the steps he has taken, in an eventful life in many countries, to his conclusion that the New Testament account of Jesus is essentially a rewriting of the Septuagint version of the Hebrew Bible, or, in some cases, of earlier New Testament texts Jesus challenge to would be disciples Luke 9.57 62 , for example, is a transformation of the challenge to Elijah at Horeb 1 Kings 19 , while his journey from Jerusalem and Judea to Samaria and beyond John 2.23 4.54 is deeply indebted to the account of the journey of God s Word in Acts 1 8 The work of tracing literary indebtedness and art is far from finished but it is already possible and necessary to draw a conclusion it is that, bluntly, Jesus did not exist as a historical individual This is not as negative as may at first appear In a deeply personal coda, Brodie begins to develop a new vision of Jesus as an icon of God s presence in the world and in human history.

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    1. Tells of the author's search for the relationship among the texts of the Old and New Testaments, and the New Testament texts among each other, and his realization of the more deliberate, literary way in which these scriptures were composed, as revealed by literary analysis. It also explains how and why he reached his conclusion that Jesus was not a historical figure and his questions about the actual existence of Paul. His emphasis on biblical scripture as history-like fiction with a theological [...]

    2. Great book, at least until the last couple of chapters. Being an A-theist, all of the rescuing of Jesus was white noise to my ears, and his remarks on Richard Dawkin's work on selfish genes was laughable. I'm sorry, but come onAnyways, I also enjoyed his short response to Ehrman's latest book.

    3. Wow what a surprise this one turned out to be!I was expecting something dull and plodding, but this book was one of the most exciting intellectual adventures I've read in quite a long time. In Beyond the Quest for the Historical Jesus, Brodie gives us a lively retelling of both his life and of his life's work. His conclusions are very radical, but if there is substance to them, they would completely revolutionize our understanding of Jesus, the Bible, Christianity, and biblical scholarship.At th [...]

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