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Jesus and the Chaos of History: Redirecting the Life of the Historical Jesus (James G Crossley) Paperback Book, (Oxford University Press, 2015) 9780199570584
Jesus and the Chaos of History: Redirecting the Life of the Historical Jesus (James G Crossley) Paperback Book, (Oxford University Press, 2015) 9780199570584
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Title: Jesus and the Chaos of History: Redirecting the Life of the Historical Jesus

Author: Crossley, James G

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 2015

Paperback; ISBN: 9780199570584

Volumes: 1; Pages: 256

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In Jesus and the Chaos of History, James G. Crossley looks at the way the earliest traditions about Jesus interacted with a context of social upheaval and the ways in which this historical chaos of the early first century led to a range of ideas which were taken up, modified, ignored, and reinterpreted in the movement that followed. Crossley examines how the earliest Palestinian tradition intersected with social upheaval and historical change and how accidental, purposeful, discontinuous, contradictory, and implicit meanings in the developments of ideas appeared in the movement that followed. He considers the ways seemingly egalitarian and countercultural ideas co-exist with ideas of dominance and power and how human reactions to socio-economic inequalities can end up mimicking dominant power. In this case, the book analyzes how a Galilean "protest" movement laid the foundations for its own brand of imperial rule. This evaluation is carried out in detailed studies on the kingdom of God and "Christology," "sinners" and purity, and gender and revolution.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. Does Jesus Plus Paul Equal Marx Plus Lenin? Re-directing the Historical Jesus

2. Criteria, Historicity, and the Earliest Palestinian Tradition

3. Empire of God, King of Rome: Kingdom and Christology

4. 'Sinners', Law, and Purity

5. Camping with Jesus? Gender, Revolution, and Early Palestinian Tradition

An Irrelevant Conclusion

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