A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus, Volume 4: by John P. Meier

By John P. Meier

John Meier’s earlier volumes within the acclaimed sequence A Marginal Jew are based upon the inspiration that whereas stable historic information regarding Jesus is sort of constrained, humans of alternative faiths can however arrive at a consensus on primary old proof of his lifestyles. during this eagerly expected fourth quantity within the sequence, Meier techniques a clean topic—the teachings of the historic Jesus bearing on Mosaic legislations and morality—with a similar rigor, thoroughness, accuracy, and insightfulness on reveal in his previous works. After correcting misconceptions approximately Mosaic legislation in Jesus’ time, this quantity addresses the lessons of Jesus on significant felony themes like divorce, oaths, the Sabbath, purity principles, and many of the love commandments within the Gospels. What emerges from Meier’s study is a profile of a classy first-century Palestinian Jew who, faraway from looking to abolish the legislation, was once deeply engaged in debates approximately its observance. in basic terms through embracing this portrait of the historic Jesus grappling with questions of the Torah can we stay away from the typical mistake of making Christian ethical theology less than the guise of learning “Jesus and the Law,” the writer concludes.

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21–24), which Johnson seems unwilling to affirm in the special case of Jesus of Nazareth. 22 A blind spot in the constitution of my mythical “unpapal conclave” at the beginning of Volume One (p. 1) was the omission of a Muslim scholar within the group of learned historians locked up in a basement until they could hammer out a consensus document on the historical Jesus. Like the other scholars, the Muslim would be obliged, for the sake of academic dialogue, to adhere strictly to the ­historical-­critical method and prescind from what he or she affirmed by faith.

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3:1). This concept of the wise teacher imparting wise instruction (tôrâ) to his students 28 volume four: Law and Love (Prov 13:14) is patterned on the more basic teaching of tôrâ that a father or a mother imparted at home (Prov 6:20; 31:26). The ideas of instruction, guidance, directions for living one’s life are clear in this context of home and school. 9 This sense of individual tôrôt pronounced by Yahweh through a mediator preceded chronologically and conceptually the idea of a huge written corpus called the Torah.

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