11399Re: [XTalk] Jesus, James et al and Their Observant Parents
- Nov 3 5:06 PM----------
>From: "Mark Goodacre" <M.S.Goodacre@...>Hi Mark and Ted,
>Subject: Re: [XTalk] Jesus, James et al and Their Observant Parents
>Date: 3, Nov 2002, 5:19 PM
>(2) What do you make of John Painter's claim in _Just James_ that we
>should be wary of accepting at face value the Gospels' negative
>portrait & distancing of James (and the family of Jesus) during
>Jesus' ministry? In other words, perhaps the family were much more
>closely involved with Jesus' ministry and much more sympathetic to it
>than we assume when reading the Gospels.
Just a couple of cents worth on this point:)! I think Painter is correct
about this. The "disbelieving," "rejection," and "name calling" surely is
important as a theological motif consistent with the utter abandonment of
Jesus by ALL (rooted in the midrash of the Servant Songs of Isaiah), but I
don't think it tells us anything about family dynamics. I disagree with my
Jesus Seminar friends on this and that "the Prodigal" is "autobiographical."
To HJ and the family saying about "who is my...," such a verbal ploy is
consistent with "the shock value" of parabolic speech. But that it suggests
"actual feelings" about HJ and his family? I don't think so. Indeed, I'd
suggest that such a saying as Thomas 12, James being also known by a
nickname, what Paul says of his leadership in Galatians all go to suggest
that James was "a part of" the Kingdom Movement all along.
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