Jesus and the Chaos of History: Redirecting the Life of the Historical Jesus

Paperback | March 4, 2015

byJames Crossley

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In Jesus and the Chaos of History, James Crossley looks at the way the earliest traditions about Jesus interacted with a context of social upheaval and the ways in which this historical chaos of the early first century led to a range of ideas which were taken up, modified, ignored, andreinterpreted in the movement that followed. Crossley examines how the earliest Palestinian tradition intersected with social upheaval and historical change and how accidental, purposeful, discontinuous, contradictory, and implicit meanings in the developments of ideas appeared in the movement thatfollowed. He considers the ways seemingly egalitarian and countercultural ideas co-exist with ideas of dominance and power and how human reactions to socio-economic inequalities can end up mimicking dominant power. In this case, the book analyses how a Galilean "protest" movement laid thefoundations for its own brand of imperial rule. This evaluation is carried out in detailed studies on the kingdom of God and "Christology", "sinners" and purity, and gender and revolution.

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In Jesus and the Chaos of History, James Crossley looks at the way the earliest traditions about Jesus interacted with a context of social upheaval and the ways in which this historical chaos of the early first century led to a range of ideas which were taken up, modified, ignored, andreinterpreted in the movement that followed. Crossl...

James Crossley is Professor of Bible, Culture and Politics at the University of Sheffield. His research focuses on both Christian origins and contemporary receptions of the Bible and how they both related to contexts of historical change. His is author of numerous articles and books, including Jesus in an Age of Neoliberalism: Quests, ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 7.99 × 5.31 × 0.59 inPublished:March 4, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199570582

ISBN - 13:9780199570584

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Does Jesus Plus Paul Equal Marx Plus Lenin? Re-directing the Historical Jesus2. Criteria, Historicity, and the Earliest Palestinian Tradition3. Empire of God, King of Rome: Kingdom and Christology4. 'Sinners', Law, and Purity5. Camping with Jesus? Gender, Revolution, and Early Palestinian TraditionAn Irrelevant Conclusion