By Luke T. Johnson
In a suite of essays spanning a few 35 years, Luke Timothy Johnson takes on the most contested matters within the learn of Christian Origins and the hot testomony --- from the old Jesus and the Jesus of the Gospels, via exegetical stories of Luke-Acts and Paul, to questions concerning the improvement of early Christian historical past, family with Judaism, the makes use of of polemic, sexuality, and law.
Johnson's paintings is characterised by way of shut awareness to texts and a priority for methodological rigor. faraway from representing scholarly consensus, those essays continuously demonstrate independence of judgment, no matter if about the authorship of Paul's disputed letters, the legitimacy of the search for the historic Jesus, or the poisonous personality of a few early Christian texts.
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52 52 See Leo the Great, Sermon 25:5–6 (25 December 444); citation from St. : Catholic University of America Press, 1996), 103–4. See also Sermon 37:3–4; 46:2–3; 59:4–5; 66:4–5; 70:4–5; 72:4–5; likewise, Caesarius of Arles, Sermon 11; Jerome, Homily 88; Origen, Homilies on Luke 20:5; 29:5–7; 34; 38:1–3. 53 The frescoes of Giotto were not made by someone unappreciative of Jesus’ humanity. But such attention to Jesus’ humanity within the tradition, it may be claimed, focuses on his universal human characteristics rather than the historical particularities of his time and place.
Even if their authenticity is demonstrated, that does not by itself disqualify the authenticity of other sayings that the investigator cannot verify by such criteria. 16 There is no need here to demonstrate what is immediately evident to anyone opening the pages of a synopsis: the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke share a substantial amount of material, language, and order of presentation, but they also vary substantially in all three; John’s gospel differs so markedly that it ordinarily does not appear in a synopsis.
See also M. Kähler: “What is usually happening is that the image of Jesus is being refracted through the spirit of these gentlemen themselves,” in his The So-Called Historical Jesus and the Historic, Biblical Christ (1892; Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1964), 56. 25 This century, after all, has been one of unparalleled growth in discoveries about the ancient Mediterranean world. , M. N. Sherwin-White, Roman Society and Roman Law in the New Testament (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1963). 24 Schweitzer noted of the first quest: “The historical investigation of the life of Jesus did not take its rise from a purely historical interest; it turned to the Jesus of history as an ally in the struggle against the tyranny of dogma” (Quest, 4).
Contested Issues in Christian Origins and the New Testament: Collected Essays (Supplements to Novum Testamentum, Volume 146) by Luke T. Johnson