Re: [XTalk] Historical Jesus. Theissen Merz
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From: Brian McCarthy <brmcc@...>
Sent: Friday, June 29, 2001 9:24 AM
Subject: [XTalk] Historical Jesus. Theissen Merz
> Thank you for this interesting overview. The book has been out for several
years but has not been discussed as much as I would have expected.
> Three Questions:
> 1) Do they open up the question of the historicity of the Synoptic
scenario which has Jesus dying on a cross within a week of his first (first
public?) visit to Jerusalem; or do they just go along with it?
Although the issue isn't discussed, the authors seem to accept that in his
ministry Jesus made only a short visit to Jerusalem, during a Passover, at
the end of his life.
"At the end of his life, Jesus and his disciples went to Jerusalem for the
Passover feast." (p. 178)
"When he went up to Jerusalem he became a victin of these tensions." (p.
> 2) Do they take note of Wellhausen's remark that Jesus' public activity
was cut short quite unexpectedly almost as soon as it had got started? And
of the effect that this would have had on the disciples?
No, this is not mentioned.
> 3) Do they discuss the q. of Jesus' language in his public teaching:
Aramaic only; or also Greek--to explain or at least allow an easy transition
to our Greek Q?
No, this is not discussed.