Thursday, June 03, 2010

John Meier on the Halakic Jesus

I'm just finishing a review of John P. Meier's A Marginal Jew vol. 4: Law and Love which has been a great read. One quote I have to mention is this one:

"We return, then [after a study of the love commandment], to our theme song of the historical Jesus being the halakic Jesus. A 'historical' Jesus who is not involved in the lively halakic debates of his fellow Jews in first-century Palestine, who does not reason about the Law in typically Jewish fashion, and who does not display his charismatic authority as the eschatological prophet by issuing some startling legal pronouncements, is not the historical Jesus. He is instead a modern and largely American construct, favored by some Christians because he is appealing to the marketplace of popular religion in the United Stated today - a religion that is highly emotional, mostly self-centred, predictably uninterested in stringent commandments, and woefully ignorant of history. This American 'historical' Jesus could never have interacted with first-century Palestinian Jews, a community centred on the Law and a community that, unlike many present-day Americans, understood perfectly what its God meant when he commanded love." (p. 528).

5 comments:

Tripp said...

great quote. i only made it to page 300 before the semester got too busy.

Loren Rosson III said...

I look forward to your review, Michael. I wrote up a lengthy one a year ago. I thought this volume did a good job of reattaining the quality of the first two (three was a bit disappointing).

Eliyahu said...
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Eliyahu said...

Only logic and facts are your enemy. You don't know it but the epitaph of Xtainity was written over two centuries ago. You are very sad indeed.

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