A slightly different model of ‘biblical break’ from the usual one takes us into a study of the contribution that all the Gospels may make to our reconstruction and understanding of the person at the heart of ‘the Jesus movement’. Respect for the Jewishness of Jesus encourages a study of how he related to the history and the hopes of his people, which means in part the traditions associated with such figures as Moses, David, Solomon, Elijah, Isaiah, and Jeremiah. Lurking in the background stands the question of what he said or did that brought about a Roman crucifixion, and whether it is accurate to describe him as the founder of Christianity.
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Three very helpful books would serve to open up our studies:
- Dale C Allison, Jesus of Nazareth, Millenarian Prophet, Minneapolis: Fortress, 1998.
- Sean Freyne, Jesus, a Jewish Galilean, London: T&T Clark, 2004.
- Gerd Theissen & Annette Merz, The Historical Jesus: A Comprehensive Guide, London: SCM, 1998.
More advanced coverage can be found in:
Dale Allison, Constructing Jesus, London: SPCK, 2010.
Please contact the Sarum College Bookshop to order any of these titles.