So my area of academic study, and I hope, academic writing (although I would also like to write to connect my academic studies to my liturgical interests, etc…) will be in the Gospel of Mark regarding Mark’s sources but I tend to think that sources need to tell us why they were used in order for them to be meaningful. So, when a book like this comes out, it interests me. Published today (I already got the Kindle version), Crossan argues that “Historical truth is not the point,” but that…
…Instead, it is important to consider that Jesus himself used parables as a style of teaching, which in turn inspired Gospel writers to invent meaningful, metaphorical stories to help explain their own views of who they thought this Messiah really was, and what he was trying to teach. In fact, by unlocking the meaning and purposes of the gospels, Crossan recasts them as “mega-parables” about the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. (full press release here)
You can read a sample here:
What does this all mean? I dunno… I have my suspicions, but we’ll see.
- Mike Licona and Bart Ehrman debate the resurrection of Jesus (winteryknight.wordpress.com)
- Simply Jesus – A new Vision Of Who He Was, What He Did, And Why He Matters by N. T. Wright (haroldcameron.wordpress.com)
- John Dominic Crossan on Meaning, Reality, Language, and Community (kludt.wordpress.com)
- ‘SCRIPTING JESUS – The Gospels in Rewrite,’ New Book from Scholar L. Michael White (prweb.com)