[HJMatMeth] The Cynic Jesus
- Dear Prof. Crossan,
Thank you for your lucid answer regarding the Didache. I
would like to turn to another question altogether. Much
has been made lately of the similarities between the Q
community and the Cynics.
My first question has to do with your own position
regarding a "Cynic Jesus". Last year Daniel Marguerat in
"La 'Troisieme Quete' du Jesus de l'histoire" (in
"Recherches de Science Religieuse" Juillet-Septembre 1999
tome 87 numero 3 page 405) groups you together with
Mack. My impression, however, is that particularly in BofC
you distance yourself from the import of similarities
between Q and Cynicism. Did writing BofC change your
attitude towards the "Cynic Hypothesis" at all?
My second question is about the significance of similarities
between Cynics and the Q community. It seems to me that
you point to a rather significant difference between the
statement behind the lifestyle of these two communities:
The former express independence of material things, while
the second expresses dependence on communal support.
Seeing this rather fundamental difference between theses
two communities, what can we learn by the comparison?