Historical Jesus by Anthony Le Donne

Since the 19th century there have been three distinct quests of the historical Jesus, Anthony Le Donne, conversant with the research, invites us to stand back and re-examine how we perceive, what we can/cannot know, how we remember/how they remembered, and — how we view/do history.  As a thoughtful pedagogue he keeps us involved in the debate with concise explanations (e.g., of hermeneutics), detailed visuals, and contemporary illustrations from Bob Dylan and Martin Scorceses.  With selective use of the “criteria of authenticity” he notes that some of Jesus’ strange actions and unusual relationships (e.g., exorcisms, dysfunctional family) may have been the most memorable to his followers. His approach is descriptive and prescriptive, instructive and reflective.  With endorsements from notables like James Dunn (his Doktor Vater), Gerd Theissen, and Richard Horsley, plus a foreword by a brother-in-arms, Dale Allison, we are invited to join the foray of two centuries of study about Jesus and earliest Christianity.  We might be surprised to find– that we come away with more than we had anticipated.

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About cpuskas

*Noteworthy publications in my field of study: An Introduction to the New Testament (Hendrickson Publishers, 1989, 1992; forthcoming revision with C. Michael Robbins, Cascade/Wipf and Stock, 2011); An Introduction to the Gospels and Acts with David Crump (Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2008); The Letters of Paul: An Introduction (Liturgical Press, 1993); The Conclusion of Luke-Acts: The Significance of Acts 28:16-31 (Pickwick Publications; Wipf & Stock, 2009); *Ph.D. in Biblical Languages and Literature from Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri (doctoral advisor, Robert F. O'Toole, S.J.). I have traveled to Israel, Greece, Turkey, Italy, Holland, England, Spain, France, Hawaii, Mexico, and China.
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