Re: [XTalk] What use is HJ research?
> Well, it gets us off-topic a little here, but toI'm afraid you'd have to ask a Christian like Dale. :)
> call oneself a Christian
> implies priorities, and to reduce Jesus to the level
> of other "historical
> figures, ethicists, philosophers, poets, novelists,
> etc." seems to rater
> reduce the priority level. At that point, why call
> oneself a Christian?
> I think you're abusing the word "fact", and sinceI'm actually choosing the word very carefully, and I
> you're a librarian, this surprises me.
stand my assessment -- the recent comments from Steve
Davies about "Mark the spin-doctor" notwithstanding;
people on this list know I don't take this approach to
the question of Mark's reliability seriously, though I
certainly ackowledge he makes things up to serve his
agenda -- that Jesus was factually an apocalyptic.
And what do you know? As I was reading Alan Segal's
new book on the history of afterlife (in preparation
for the Ludemann seminar), look what I ran across last
night. Couldn't believe the coinicidence:
"Jesus was an apocalypticist, at least in some of his
teaching, and that fact must be faced squarely." (p
We errant fools crawl out from under every rock, don't
Segal is right. It really is a fact which should be
faced squarely. The more I read material written by J
Smith, B Mack, and W Arnal, the more this "fact" is
reinforced in my mind.
Perhaps after the Ludemann Seminar we could get
Jonathan Smith to do a seminar on Drudgery Divine.
Loren Rosson III
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