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The Message of Jesus

John Dominic Crossan and Ben Witherington III in Dialogue

Edited by Robert B. Stewart

Publication Year: 2013

Based on the February 2010 Greer-Heard Point-Counterpoint forum at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary John Dominic Crossan and Ben Witherington III explore points of agreement and disagreement on the message of Jesus. A diverse set of scholars provide substantive essays for further reading on various facets of the message of Jesus. The Greer Heard Point-Counterpoint series takes pride in presenting a fair and balanced case for both sides of complex issues, and in providing the tools for students and scholars to form their own conclusions.

Published by: Augsburg Fortress Publishers

Cover

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p. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright Page, Dedication

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pp. 2-7

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Contributors

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pp. ix-xiv

Craig L. Blomberg is Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary in Littleton, Colorado. He holds a PhD from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland; MA from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois, and BA from Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois. He has authored thirteen books and coauthored or coedited eight others, with...

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Preface

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pp. xv-xviii

In March 2005, an interesting experiment began at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. The experiment was the Greer-Heard Point-Counterpoint Forum in Faith and Culture. The intention of the forum was to have a respected Evangelical scholar dialogue with a respected non-Evangelical or non-Christian scholar on an important subject in religion or culture. The...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xix-xx

Thanking others in print always causes me a bit of anxiety, because I fear that I will fail to recognize someone who truly deserves a word of appreciation. But many deserve to be publicly thanked—and even praised—so I must go on. First of all, I must thank Bill and Carolyn Heard for their passion to have a forum where leading scholars can dialogue about important issues in faith and culture...

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Surveying the Quest of the Historical Jesus

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pp. 1-32

In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus is famously recorded as asking his disciples, “Who do men say that I am?” (Mark 8:27 RSV). This question can easily be translated into “Who do scholars say that I am?” Then it is only a small step to the question “What do they take my message to be?” Jesus’ disciples answered, “John the Baptist; and others say, Elijah; and others one of the prophets” (Mark 8:28 RSV). The...

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1. The Message of Jesus: A Dialogue

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pp. 33-78

The Bardo Museum in Tunis contains the world’s greatest collection of Roman mosaics, and the greatest of the greatest is one that was excavated at Sousse on the Gulf of Hammamet about ninety miles south of the capital. It dates—probably—to the early third century and depicts Virgil with a scroll on his lap as he starts to write his Aeneid, that gospel of Roman imperial theology...

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2. The Place of Jewish Scripture in Jesus’ Teaching

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pp. 79-94

The focus of Jesus’ teaching was not on himself but on the rule of God (i.e., the “kingdom of God”) and on the redemption of Israel, a redemption with profound implications for all of humanity. This proclamation was based on the earlier proclamation of God’s rule that we see in the prophet Isaiah, especially in chapters 40, 52, and 61. Accordingly, we must assess the place of Jewish...

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3. Standard and Poor: The Economic Index of the Parables

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pp. 95-116

Biblical scholarship, like the Bible itself, does not exist apart from its historical context, and the context of twenty-first-century United States of America provides biblical scholars new lenses through which to interpret the ancient narratives. For example, during the second Bush administration, as the number of biblical scholars dissatisfied with American policies increased, so did the...

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4. Everything in Parables: On Jesus’ Style

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pp. 117-126

In the fourth chapter of the Gospel of Mark, just following the parable of the Sower, Jesus is heard to utter these words to his close followers: “To you has been given the mystery of the Kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables” (ἐν παραβολαῖς; Mark 4:11 [author’s translation]). Now, Jesus has just spoken what we would all call a parable, but we should...

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5. How Matthew Helped Jesus Fulfill Prophecy

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pp. 127-142

The belief that Jesus fulfilled prophecy has been a cornerstone of the notion that Christianity supersedes Judaism.1 From the first century until now, Christians have correlated statements about Jesus with carefully chosen Old Testament prophecies to document their belief that God’s plan for human salvation reached its fulfillment in Jesus. That interpretive practice is evident in much of the New...

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6. Faith and the Historical Jesus: Does A Confessional Position and Respect for the Jesus Tradition Preclude Serious Historical Engagement?

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pp. 143-164

Can the lion and the lamb lie together? For many people, no matter where they are on the spectrum, the idea of an Evangelical engaging in a historical-Jesus discussion is an oxymoron. For many critics, the Evangelical view of Scripture is said to skew Evangelicals’ discussion of Jesus issues. For many Evangelicals, especially lay Evangelicals, the skepticism surrounding much of historical-Jesus...

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7. The Historical Jesus from the Synoptics and the Fourth Gospel?: Jesus the Purifier

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pp. 165-182

The Third Quest of the historical Jesus continues unabated. Of course, the media give more attention to the idiosyncratic, whether to the Jesus Seminar or the Gnostic Gospels or the supposed discovery of the Jesus-family tomb in Jerusalem. Even in the academy, creative new portraits of a Jesus radically different from Christian orthodoxy still regularly garner disproportionate...

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8. Critical Blindness, Wise Virgins, and the Law of Christ: Three Surprising Examples of Jesus Tradition in Paul

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pp. 183-204

“Bear one another’s burdens, and so [you will] fulfil the law of [the] Christ.” So says Paul in Galatians 6:2.1 Critics have agonized over his meaning and particularly over his reference to “the law of Christ.” Some have suggested that he is referring to the Old Testament law “love your neighbor as yourself,” others that he has in mind the self-giving attitude that characterized Jesus in his...

Index

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pp. 205-209

Back Cover

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p. 231-231


E-ISBN-13: 9781451438666
E-ISBN-10: 1451438664
Print-ISBN-13: 9780800699277
Print-ISBN-10: 0800699270

Page Count: 240
Publication Year: 2013