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Jesus and the Chaos of History: Redirecting the Life of the Historical Jesus

James Crossley


Jesus and the Chaos of History challenges a number of assumptions in contemporary historical Jesus scholarship and proposes to redirect ways in which the quest for the historical Jesus is undertaken. The book challenges the soft superiority of the rhetoric of ‘very Jewish’ Jesuses and the common Orientalist assumptions about Jesus’ ‘background’. This is also a ‘post-criteria’ book in that it looks at how the quest for the historical Jesus might now be understood after the recent criticisms of the ‘criteria of authenticity’. The book looks at ways in which historical Jesus studies can be direct ... More

Keywords: historical Jesus, earliest Palestinian tradition, the criteria of authenticity, historiography, kingdom of God, Christology, sinners, purity, gender, imperialism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199570577
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570577.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Crossley, author
Professor of Bible, Culture and Politics, University of Sheffield