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Re: [XTalk] transit strike and the SBL

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  • Jim West
    ... And yet not so much as the other materials found in the gospels. In the parables we have the best chance of hearing the voice of the historical Jesus (if
    Message 1 of 9 , Oct 31, 2005
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      Jeff Peterson wrote:

      >>Ah the parables- the ONLY ipsissima we have. They are not only
      >>centrally important- they are indispensible for any semblance of
      >>historical reconstruction concerning Jesus of Nazareth.
      >
      >
      > I'm curious what your justification for this statement is as it seems
      > to me it's questionable on two counts. First, the language and
      > character of the parables reflect plenty of redaction;

      And yet not so much as the other materials found in the gospels. In the
      parables we have the best chance of hearing the voice of the historical
      Jesus (if indeed even there). In the other materials, not at all.

      as John Drury
      > cogently argued in his neglected THE PARABLES IN THE GOSPELS, Marcan
      > parables are enigmatically apocalyptic, Matthaean parables
      > transparently allegorical, and Luke's plausible as narratives (like
      > his character sketches). On the other end of things, we've got plenty
      > of aphorisms and instructions with as good a claim to authenticity as
      > any of the parables (e.g., the twofold love command, "if by the
      > Spirit/finger of God I cast out demons, the kingdom of God is upon
      > you," the prohibition of divorce, the instruction to his emissaries
      > to live on the charity of their hearers).
      >
      > I treasure Jeremias's memory as much as the next person, but we've
      > learned a thing or two since, haven't we?

      Sure- but he was right on this particular point.

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      D. Jim West

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