Thanks, David, for all these resource suggestions. Yes, "Birth of
Christianity" is the
book that first brought my attention to this issue. I've forgotten the
most likely Vol. 2 of "Marginal Jew" or one of the more recent pieces
through Biblica or elsewhere online -- pl. don't hold me to it.
The Sanders source was most likely personal conversation when he visited
Yale campus this semester. Right, land tenancy and the general economics
Galilee are not big issues in the writings of Meier and Sanders that I've
Forgive my not having sources at hand to reference, but I have also read
that Herod generally benefitted his subjects.
Speaking of Sanders .... One issue I discussed with Sanders was his take
Borg's hypotheses re Jesus' ostensible conflicts over purity laws. He
Borg is generally mistaken re the entire subject, that these conflicts
from early Christianity. I don't have my texts at hand, but as I
"Jesus and Judaism" puts forward the notion that Jesus' main conflict
other Jews was his style of becoming friends with tax-collectors,
et al. without first some commitment from them to change their ways.
I raised the issue to Sanders that there still might be a role for
social identity(thus, "us-versus-them" conflict), and he agreed on the
possibility but we didn't get much further on that. Christine Hayes, a
Tanach scholar at Yale suggested there is literature on purity and
identity but has never shared the info with me.
I'll look back through the list archives for the comments you mentioned
BTW, just an FYI. I've been able to leisurely read some long sections of
Yabro Collins' new Hermenia commentary on Mark. She reads a lot of
literature for comparision. The whole project struck me as extremely
though sometimes a bit conservative.
"It is not happiness that makes us grateful but gratefulness that makes us
happy." - Br. David Steindl-Rast
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