Jesus in Contemporary Scholarship

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A&C Black, Aug 1, 1994 - Religion - 209 pages
Who was Jesus? A cynic-like figure? A political activist? Professor Marcus Borg, a nationally known Jesus scholar, here offers an accessible guide through the growing maze of literature and research on Jesus. This state-of the art volume will be a welcome resource especially for libraries, research specialists and students. The book is divided into three parts. Part One deals with Jesus scholarship in the 1980s, focusing on the renaissance in Jesus studies during that period and summarizing the portraits of Jesus offered by North American scholars. Part Two examines issues in contemporary Jesus research, particularly questions related to the "eschatological Jesus" and the "politics of Jesus." Part Three looks at the potential of current research for helping rethink Jesus' identity and the implications for the modern reader and the church. Jesus in Contemporary Scholarship represents a "summing up" of current research and an illuminating and important contribution to the ongoing debate. Marcus J. Borg is Hundere Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture at Oregon State University, a Fellow of the Jesus Seminar, and the author of the recently published Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time.
 

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It takes someone with guts to do what the scholors on the Jesus Seminar did. The research should still be going on. I appreciate the findings on the Lord's prayer. The Early Christians must been men and women of prayers in deed if it is true that Jesus did not frame the whole piece of prayer. It is my best form of prayer actually. It reflects simplicity, abandoment and love of God. 

Contents

Scholarship with Addendum
18
A Temperate Case for a NonEschatological Jesus
47
Current Reflections
69
The Primordial Tradition and the Biblical Tradition
127
Part Three
141
The Jesus Seminar and the Church
160
Does the Historical Jesus Matter?
182
Index of Ancient Literature
201
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Marcus Borg is Hundere Professor of Religion and Culture at Oregon State University, lecturer, and author of twelve books, including the best-selling Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time and the award-winning The God We Never Knew.

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