Day 1A – Jesus Criteria Conference

Anthony Le Donne begins to talk about the genesis of the book… Very revealing about the way we perceived authenticity… Is it self-attesting? German, Scottish, and early American thoughts are entertained.

Le Donne refers to Form Critics… Not sure if he likes them or not. But he knows them. Good stuff. What is the originals?

And now, the emergence of inerrancy is being discussed.

All of these things go together. Le Donne is fast to separate European and American attitudes. How feeble are American Christians and their view of Scripture…

Now, Dr. Chris Keith, “Too many problems with the criteria of authenticity…” To be valid.

Morna Hooker is mentioned. First challenged the criteria. Keith developed his ideas and then found Hooker.

Keith says the criteria is too indebted to form criticism to work. Talks about social memory theories. Good stuff here. I swear, he has a Deep South accent which is cool. Talks about not separating the past and the present. Bam. I know that. I have something about that in my book.

That is the Form Critic’s Achilles’ heal. Yes, see the form but do not think that one is more authentic than the other. You cannot remove the unreliable tradition… Everything is an artifact. Needs to be explained and explored… Even the impossible.

Keith is dead on about memory and artifacts… Tom Verenna, I’m looking at you. Pay attention to this… Agreed… Form does not help with the historical Jesus. But possibly, mimetic will (book plug).

The criteria are not independent of form critical methodology.

Boom. You would have to be here. Wright. Boom

Speaking about the criteria of plausibility.

We are reminded of the threat against academic freedom with mention of Anthony Le Donne.

The role of tradition is important to understanding the historical Jesus.

And now Jens Schröter, expert in social memory. And making students read German, obviously. Speaking about replacing criterion approach with memory approach. Cautions about using it as a more adequate picture.

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Interpreting Jesus within, not against time.

Exactly… Mark is not biography. Not the end of time, however.

Schröter demonstrates why the Jesus Seminar is on the wrong track. Do separate tradition. Develop an outline for evaluation. A general sketch. Historical narrative gets representation. Needs it. Sorry for not typing much, but this is important.

Representation of the past. The past becomes history… Through interpretation.

More talk of Bultmann.

Talking about archeological remains and literary texts.

The historian draws the character.

Not one image of the past.

Abandoned Crossan. Mentions Riceour.

Going to break for a Logos plenary.

Post By Joel Watts (10,074 Posts)

Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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