By Thomas L. Thompson, Thomas S. Verenna
The historicity of Jesus is now commonly permitted and rarely puzzled by way of such a lot students. yet this assumption disarms biblical texts of a lot in their energy by way of privileging an historic interpretation which successfully sweeps apart a lot theological hypothesis and allusion. moreover, the idea of historicity gathers additional assumptions to it, shaping the translation of texts, either denying and including subtext. students at the moment are confronted with an unending array of works at the historic Jesus and few query what has been misplaced via this widely used assumption of historicity. Is This now not the Carpenter? offers a truly invaluable corrective: a literary rereading of the recent Testament.
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These debates hit at the crux of the idea and practice of the ‘Christian state’ at the time. They also fed off the long history of bitter struggles between Roman Catholics and Protestants, with their resultant conservatism, and the immediate situation of a reactionary king, Friedrich Wilhelm IV, who sought to recover the lost glory of Christendom. Apart from having a say in university appointments, he also oversaw the tightening of censorship regulations. Besides liberal and republican movements, one of the main targets of this censorship was the Young Hegelian radicals.
Noll then turns to an analysis of the development of ideas related to identifying Christianity’s origins with conflicts related to its roots in Judaism, raising the argument that a ‘historical’ Jesus had become necessary for the success of Paul’s doctrines, a pragmatic solution for defending doctrine by appeal to Jesus as authority figure. Comparing Bauckham’s data on Christian ‘eyewitnesses’ with the more elaborate and systematic data related to early ‘eyewitnesses’ for Islamic traditions, Noll Introduction • 23 then discusses a scenario by which this literary Jesus might have been invented and then presented as a product of such accounts and draws the conclusion that a historical Jesus was indeed irrelevant to the construction and development of early Christianity.
In this context, the Young Hegelians were both cornered and became the champions of the liberal and republican cause. Indeed, when Bruno Bauer was eventually dismissed from the theology faculty at Bonn in 1842 (whither he was sent from Berlin), none of them was ever to hold a teaching post again. No wonder, then, the radical journal of the Young Hegelians, Deutsche Jahrbücher für Wissenschaft und Kunst, often fought theological battles with conservative journals such as the Kölnische Zeitung, the Rhein-und Mosel-Zeitung, the Münchener politische Bläter and the Trier’sche Zeitung.
Is This Not the Carpenter? The Question of the Historicity of the Figure of Jesus by Thomas L. Thompson, Thomas S. Verenna