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Flesh Was Made Word: A Metahistorical Critique of the Contemporary Quest of the Historical Jesus (Susan Lochrie Graham) Hardcover Book, (Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2010) 9781906055967
Flesh Was Made Word: A Metahistorical Critique of the Contemporary Quest of the Historical Jesus (Susan Lochrie Graham) Hardcover Book, (Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2010) 9781906055967
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Title: The Flesh Was Made Word: A Metahistorical Critique of the Contemporary Quest of the Historical Jesus

Author: Graham, Susan Lochrie

Publisher: Sheffield Phoenix Press; Publication Date: 2010

Hardcover; ISBN: 9781906055967

Volumes: 1; Pages: 240

List Price in Cloth: $80.00 Our price: $63.99

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The 'historical Jesus' still remains elusive. Who was Jesus? What really happened? How can we know for sure? The latest quest for the truth about him comes at a time marked by radical uncertainty and postmodern scepticism about master narratives, along with a loss of confidence in the traditional methods of historical analysis.In this context, Susan Lochrie Graham approaches the old debates from an entirely new direction. Armed with a 'metahistorical' approach adapted from the work of Hayden White, the philosopher of history, she reads the work of four representative historical Jesus writers: John P. Meier, N. T. Wright, Elisabeth Sch�ssler Fiorenza and John Dominic Crossan. The analysis brings to light the deep literary structures of their portraits, showing the differing plots and rhetorical concepts that shape them, and the types of argument that are deployed by each writer.This ground-breaking critical investigation exposes the theological and cultural meanings embedded in all historical Jesus writing, showing how narrative forms function ideologically. It concludes with fresh answers to questions both about the methods we use and about the social implications of the contemporary quest of the historical Jesus, and proposes different directions for future research.ContentsPART I: METHODOLOGICAL MATTERSI. History and Theory1. A Brief History of History2. Knowing the Truth: Modernist History3. Telling the Truth in your Own Words4. Structuring the PastII. Elements of Historiography1. Hayden White's Metahistory2. Structures and Truth3. Plot Structures and Historical Explanation4. Time and Historical Narrative5. Turning to Tropes6. Ideological Implications: A Theology of Historical NarrativesPART II: PORTRAITS REPAINTEDIII. Seeing Jesus Twice: J. P. Meier's Dual Vision1. Method in Historical Jesus Research2. Putting Jesus in Context3. Elements of a Story of Jesus4. Dragging in the NetIV. N. T. Wright's Prodigal Jesus1. The Prodigal as Heroic Comedy2. Jesus' Story as Comic Epic3. Jesus' Story Plotted4. Plausible History5. When Is the Kingdom Come?V. Anamnesis as Political Theology: E. Sch�ssler Fiorenza's Jesus1. Historical Construction2. Philosophy of History in a Feminist ModeVI. Programmed Performance: John Dominic Crossan's Jesus1. Fictional History and Historical Fiction2. Plotting History3. Philosophy of HistoryOuroboric Conclusions and Reflections1. Summary Ending2. Politics of Interpretation and Culture Criticism
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