The Scandal of the Gospels: Jesus, Story, and Offense

Hardcover | March 1, 1988

byDavid McCracken

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This book argues that the gospels are in an important sense "occasions for offense." The Jesus of the gospels is a scandal (skandalon, in the original Greek) and he is never more scandalous than when he is speaking in parables. Interpreters of the gospels over the centuries have consistentlylabored to domesticate the offense or to eliminate it entirely. David McCracken, focusing on parables, Matthew's narrative contexts, and the gospel of John, seeks to recover the gospels' sense of Jesus as skandalon. To this end, he enlists the help of Kierkegaard, the philosopher of offense, and toa lesser extent that of Bakhtin, both of whom prove to be surprisingly apt conversation partners for the evangelists.

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This book argues that the gospels are in an important sense "occasions for offense." The Jesus of the gospels is a scandal (skandalon, in the original Greek) and he is never more scandalous than when he is speaking in parables. Interpreters of the gospels over the centuries have consistentlylabored to domesticate the offense or to elim...

David McCracken is at University of Washington.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:216 pages, 9.57 × 6.3 × 0.87 inPublished:March 1, 1988Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195084284

ISBN - 13:9780195084283

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"Daivd McCracken has written a bold work....a challenging book."--New Oxford Review