Thanks for your summary. Along with Loren's I'll print this out for a
beginning collection of summaries. At present I'm not interested in
debating these, just seeing how folks see the core and "add it all up."
To one and all, I'm going to send a post with what I have in mind about
listing just a core data base from the records alone. I'm going to
start with deeds and when I have an opportunity later in the week I'll
go to words.
Bob Schacht wrote:
> I don't have time to do a comprehensive or thoroughly considered list, so
> here's a partial list:
> 1. Jesus was a Galilean Israelite ( I won't write "Jew" because at that
> time that also meant "Judean.")
> 2. Jesus was influenced by John the Baptist, and knew him directly.
> 3. Jesus had a circle of friends who often traveled with him. Some were
> regular companions, who became known as his disciples.
> 4. In his travels, Jesus often spoke of the Kingdom of God, and attached
> much importance to it.
> 5. The core of Jesus' message also included emphasis on love, as expressed
> in the Great Commandment (Mark 12:30-31; Matthew 22:37-39; Luke 10:27), the
> New Commandment (John 13:34-35), and even to love your enemies (Luke 6:27,
> Matt 5:43-48 ), which the JSem considers close to the heart of the
> teachings of Jesus (T5G p. 147). Even though the JSem voted Mark 12:30-31
> gray, they thought that the ideas expressed in those verses represented
> Jesus' own views (T5G p. 104).
> 6. Just as important as any sayings of Jesus were the signs and wonders,
> particularly the healings and exorcisms. Evidence is provided by the Signs
> Gospel, and a possible double cycle of "miracles" described in Acts of
> Jesus pp. 388-9.
> 7. Jesus also had a reputation as a story-teller, particularly in the genre
> of "parables."
> 8. Although a Galilean, one of the most important events of Jesus' life was
> one or more journeys to Jerusalem.
> 9. As a result of collusion between Roman and Jewish authorities, Jesus was
> apprehended and crucified in Jerusalem.
> 10. After his crucifixion, Jesus was buried in a tomb, apparently due to
> the intervention of someone identified in all 4 canonical gospels as Joseph
> of Arimathaea. The Gospel of Peter also refers to this Joseph, although
> without the Arimathaea information. A few days later, on the first day of
> the week or The Lord's Day, the tomb is found empty, the stone has been
> removed, and Mary Magdala is present. These elements are common to the
> Triple Tradition, GJohn, and GPeter (AJ p. 465).
> These are near the top of my list, although there may be other items which
> I would also rank at this level.
> I know others will disagree.
> Robert M. Schacht, Ph.D.
> Northern Arizona University
> Flagstaff, AZ