Re: [XTalk] transit strike and the SBL
- Jeff Peterson wrote:
>>Ah the parables- the ONLY ipsissima we have. They are not onlyAnd yet not so much as the other materials found in the gospels. In the
>>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;
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, MarcanSure- but he was right on this particular point.
> 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?
D. Jim West
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