Beyond the Quest for the Historical Jesus: Memoir of a by Thomas L. Brodie

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By Thomas L. Brodie

Some time past 40 years, whereas historical-critical reviews have been looking with renewed depth to reconstruct occasions in the back of the biblical texts, no longer least the lifetime of Jesus, branches of literary reports have been eventually achieving adulthood. First, researchers have been spotting that many biblical texts are rewritings or variations of older texts that also exist, hence giving a clearer feel of the place the biblical texts got here from; and moment, reports within the old paintings of composition clarified the biblical texts' solidarity and objective, that's to assert, the place biblical texts have been headed. the first literary version at the back of the gospels, Brodie argues, is the biblical account of Elijah and Elisha, as R.E. Brown already observed in 1971. during this interesting memoir of his existence trip, Tom Brodie, Irishman, Dominican priest, and biblical student, recounts the stairs he has taken, in an eventful lifestyles in lots of nations, to his end that the recent testomony account of Jesus is largely a rewriting of the Septuagint model of the Hebrew Bible, or, from time to time, of prior New testomony texts. Jesus' problem to would-be disciples (Luke 9.57-62), for instance, is a change of the problem to Elijah at Horeb (1 Kings 19), whereas his trip from Jerusalem and Judea to Samaria and past (John 2.23-4.54) is deeply indebted to the account of the adventure of God's note in Acts 1-8. The paintings of tracing literary indebtedness and paintings is much from accomplished however it is already attainable and essential to draw a end: it's that, bluntly, Jesus didn't exist as a old person. this isn't as unfavourable as might initially look. In a deeply own coda, Brodie starts to enhance a brand new imaginative and prescient of Jesus as an icon of God's presence on the planet and in human background.

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1 4- 1 9), and so it brought the l iteral meaning to centre stage. Luther's teaching had something of the same effect. While challenging one source of authority, the Pope, he elevated another authority, the B ible, and for Luther this meaning was clear, and the clearest meaning was literal. The Pope's primary concern was not with the sun and the earth, it was with the l iteral meaning of the Bible. He was under pressure to be just as zealous in promoting the truth of the Bible as the Reformers.

On 3 December I 872, at age thirty-two, Smith got the opportunity to deliver a lecture providing the first evidence that the biblical account of a Deluge, far from being an original narrative, is a development from a specific literary tradition that went back to one of the oldest literary narratives in the world-the Epic of Gilgamesh. Smith's observation was not new,' but for his hearers it was, and his lecture was not given in a corner. The audience included the British Prime Minister, William Gladstone.

And I went on sitting there, repeating the same phrase off and on, gazing distantly at the people, realizing there was no point in just sitting on the steps, but not knowing where I would go i f l got up. So it seemed best just to stay there. Or rather nothing seemed best, so I did nothing. That afternoon and the following day I searched around Rome for various people who might help in one way or another. But it was July and most people were away. On the way back to Etrepagny I called on the Dominicans i n Paris, and having once done a minor thesis on the work of Yves Congar, decided to approach him about my project.

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